The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship program is a national program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The program is designed to:
- help alleviate the national nursing shortage
- increase the diversity of nursing professionals
- expand capacity in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs
- enhance the pipeline of potential nurse faculty
Through grants to schools of nursing, the program will provide scholarships of $10,000 each to more than 1,500 college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master's nursing programs. A school of nursing may apply for between five and 30 scholarships per year to be awarded to students from underrepresented groups in nursing and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Nursing's academic leaders have long recognized the strong connection between a culturally diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide quality patient care. According to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, policy advisors to Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, diversifying the nursing profession is essential to meeting the health care needs of the nation and reducing health disparities that exist among many underserved populations.