Seton Hall University College of Nursing was awarded a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing. The money will provide for five $10,000 scholarships for new fall 2014 students enrolled in the Master’s Entry Clinical Nurse Leader program, the only M.S.N. program for students with a non-nursing bachelor's degree.
The RWJ NCIN is a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, along with RWJ is a strong proponent of increasing the diversity within the nursing profession. Essex County, one of NJ’s most diverse, is home to Seton Hall University College of Nursing and the college continues to recruit underrepresented students at the local level as well as the national level. More than 14 percent of the students are male, and about the same percentage identify as Hispanic. White non-Hispanic students comprise 44 percent of the student population, black non-Hispanic students total about 20 percent and approximately 13 percent of the students identify as Asian.
Virginia M. Clerkin, D.H.Ed., M.S.N., R.N., C.T.N.-A., C.N.L., the C.N.L. program director is impressed with the caliber of students in Seton Hall's program. "I am always amazed at how well our students manage their time and prioritize their studies. This money will certainly benefit them as they progress with their nursing education."
Seton Hall’s Clinical Nurse Leader Program is designed to provide a fast-track for the non-nurse with a baccalaureate degree to become a nurse leader with a master’s degree. Against a background of an increasingly complex healthcare environment, this degree prepares nurses to effectively communicate and coordinate care across a range of professional disciplines, integrate evidence-based practice, and think critically for effective problem solving. The C.N.L. is not one of administration or management. The C.N.L. assumes accountability for patient-care outcomes through the assimilation and application of evidence-based information to design, implement, and evaluate patient-care processes and models of care delivery.
The Clinical Nurse Leader Program is accepting applications for fall 2014 through June 15.
About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the Ph.D. program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.
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