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The NCIN Career Central is a community where NCIN scholars and graduates can prepare for a career in the health care setting. Despite the current need for nurses, job opportunities are still competitive and varied. Career Central offers tools, resources, advice and stories to help NCIN scholars make confident, intelligent decisions when applying for a nursing job. We encourage the use Career Central as you transition into your new life as a nurse and we hope you will share you experiences with us as you continue on this journey.

NCIN scholars are making an impact in the nursing workforce. From orthopedic rehabilitation centers to critical care units, NCIN alumni are providing essential health care across the country. Learn what the alumni are up to and find out more about their experiences as qualified nurses.

Scholar Spotlight

NCIN Scholar Alumni Toolkit: Resources for Successful Transition to Professional Practice

The NCIN Scholar Alumni Toolkit is designed to provide nursing students and newly licensed nurses with the necessary leadership development and mentoring resources for successful transition from the student to professional role, and to lay the groundwork for continued professional growth.
The objectives of this toolkit are to: Offer information and advice throughout the job search process; Provide guidance for establishing and sustaining successful mentoring relationships; Suggest strategies for successful socialization into the nursing profession; Provide information for defining career goals and a path for professional growth; Guide pursuit of advanced education in nursing; Facilitate growth as a nurse leader.
Created in Collaboration with:
Ann Marie P. Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE
Assistant Dean and Director, Center for Educational Research and Innovation and Professor
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Nursing 

Lori A. Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC
Associate Dean for Research Evaluations and Outcomes and Professor
Stony Brook University School of Nursing
Maria G. Rosario-Sim, EdD, PPCNP-BC, RNC-OB
Director, Nurse Practitioner Programs and Professor
State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing

Download the toolkit here.

NCIN Scholars Network

Scholars Network Site
A brand new social network site launched just for NCIN scholars to talk to other NCIN scholars! With features such as discussion forums and blog posts, this new site allows you to easily and quickly share and discuss any topics or ideas with their peers. Sign up to join the Network now and instantly have access to these features!

Nursing News Digest from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

NCIN Scholars Join Medical College of Georgia Hospital Staff

Eric Cockrell

Eric Cockrell was teaching pre-nursing to 10th-12th graders and wanted his students to leave his class as Certified Nurse Assistants – but first he needed his nursing degree. “Since I already had a bachelor’s degree, I didn’t want to do another bachelor’s for nursing. Then I saw the Clinical Nurse Leader program at MCG, which is a 16-month master’s program.” Once at MCG, his professors encouraged him to apply for the NCIN scholarship.

Kimberly May

Kimberly May was a sports information director before enrolling in nursing school. “I always wanted to be a nurse,” she said, but until she had to care for a sick aunt, had not found the inspiration to follow that path. “She told me I’d make a great nurse, so I went for it.” The transition back to school wasn’t difficult for Kim, because it was what she wanted to do. Furthermore, her bachelor’s in biology and master’s in rehabilitation had prepared her for nursing.

Post-graduation, both Eric and Kim are working at the Medical College of Georgia. Eric is an operating room staff nurse, but plans to return to teaching after a few years of clinical experience. Kim is a nurse in the Oncology division.

“Eric and Kim were model students who attended class regularly and were always engaged in their clinical and lab experiences,” according to Annette Bourgault, the Clinical Nurse Leader program director at MCG. “They developed recruitment strategies as RWJ Scholars and we are confident that they continue to be ambassadors for the Clinical Nurse Leader program now that they are successfully employed as nurses at MCG Health.”