Belmont School of Nursing is pleased to announce the 2010 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: New Careers in Nursing scholarship recipients. Ten students were recently selected to receive this award that will enable them to pursue a second degree in nursing. The New Careers in Nursing is a program designed to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of the nursing workforce. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in an accelerated baccalaureate nursing program. Funding from the grant has resulted in increased student enrollment with the creation of a new spring cohort beginning in January 2010 and twice yearly admissions for the Belmont School of Nursing Accelerated Program. Award preference is given to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Of the accelerated students beginning their program of study in January 2010, 23 percent are male, and 33 percent come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. In comparison, national nursing workforce data indicate that men comprise only 5.8 percent of the American nursing workforce and racial/ethnic minorities comprise only 10.7 percent. Grant funding will be used by schools to help leverage support for new faculty resources and provide mentoring and leadership development resources to ensure successful program completion by scholarship recipients.
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