The new grant program, Innovations in Accelerated Nursing Education, funds teams of nursing schools that have received NCIN grants. Each team received $10,000 to develop and enhance an educational project to implement innovative approaches to accelerated nursing education that can be taken to scale and replicated in a variety of educational settings.

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New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) is one of nine higher education institutions to receive grants to share and build upon the lessons learned through an innovative and highly successful scholarship program for second-career nurses, New Careers in Nursing (NCIN).

"Our New York project team is honored to receive this Innovation Award,” said Ann Marie P. Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, clinical associate professor and program liaison/project director, RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. “We are excited to have this opportunity to sustain the wonderful accomplishments of the NCIN Program.”

NCIN was created eight years ago by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by providing scholarships to people from groups underrepresented in nursing to earn accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degrees in nursing. Schools of nursing that received NCIN grants to provide these scholarships report great success in recruiting and retaining minority and male nursing students and making their institutions more diverse and inclusive.

NYUCN is part of the team that also includes Stony Brook University and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing.

Their project, NCIN Scholar Alumni Toolkit, is designed to provide underrepresented graduate nurses with the necessary leadership development and mentoring resources for successful transition from the student to professional role thus laying the groundwork for continued professional growth.

The project, a three school collaborative effort, seeks to provide NCIN alumni with the guidance, resources, and development strategies for successful socialization into the profession, with an eye towards defining career goals, encouraging the pursuit of advanced nursing education, establishing and sustaining successful mentoring relationships, which is all geared toward fostering the NCIN Alumni’s growth as a nurse leader.

“Our team is eager to begin our work in developing an NCIN Alumni Toolkit, which will provide resources to enhance the successful transition of these future nurse leaders from diverse backgrounds as they transition to practice and plan their career trajectory,” said Dr. Mauro.

“We are so proud of all that NCIN has accomplished over the last seven years,” said AACN President Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our grantees have dramatically increased their recruitment, retention and graduation of students from groups underrepresented in nursing. They have truly changed the culture of their institutions, which are now more diverse and inclusive. There is much to learn from them.”

“It’s our great hope that by gathering the ideas and stories of our grantees, we can sustain and encourage replication of NCIN’s successful efforts and expand them to more institutions,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “These grants are intended to provide information that will help schools of nursing continue to do the important work of increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce, including nurse faculty, and increasing the number of nurses holding BSN degrees or higher.”

The other Innovations in Accelerated Nursing Education projects and grantees are:

Replicating an Innovative Educational Pedagogy for Physical Examination and Problem-Setting Skills: Mount St. Mary’s College; Yale University

Gaming the System: Quinnipiac University; Southern Connecticut State University

Strengthening Cultural Competence in Prenatal Care with a Virtual Community: Building Capacity through Collaboration: Ashland University College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Duquesne University School of Nursing

The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher, and increasing the diversity of students to create a nursing workforce prepared to meet the health care demands of diverse populations across the lifespan. NCIN is helping to advance those recommendations by enabling schools to expand student capacity and by encouraging more diversity. Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,517 scholarships to students at 130 unique schools of nursing.

To learn more about the NCIN program, visit

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About New York University College of Nursing
NYU College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science with major in Nursing, a Master of Science and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development. For more information, visit

About NCIN
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to create New Careers in Nursing (NCIN), an RWJF Scholarship Program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through annual grants to schools of nursing, NCIN provides $10,000 scholarships to college graduates with degrees in other fields who wish to transition into nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s nursing program. For more information, visit

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit

About AACN
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 750 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s and graduate degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research and practice. For more information, visit

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