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William F. Connell School of Nursing

New Careers in Nursing students excel

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The William F. Connell School of Nursing is proud to announce that its Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholars passed their NCLEX-RN exam at a rate of 100%. This is keeping with the high standards set by past NCIN scholars who also passed the exam at a rate of 100%.

NCIN scholars are part of the Master’s Entry program at the Connell School. The program prepares those with a baccalaureate degree or higher in non-nursing fields for advanced practice nursing.  Learn more about the Master’s Entry program here.

The RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program supports accelerated programs, which offer the most efficient route to a nursing career for adults who have already completed a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing. Although enrollment in these programs has steadily increased over the past few years, many potential students are unable to enroll since already having a college degree disqualifies them for receiving most federal financial aid programs for entry-level students. The New Careers in Nursing scholarships address this problem, and will also address the overall nursing shortage, by enabling hundreds of students to launch their nursing careers through accelerated education.

Additionally, the program targets the need to recruit students from groups underrepresented in nursing or disadvantaged backgrounds. According to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, 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. Learn more about the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program here.