Minority students in national nursing schools are afforded scholarships and scholar programs from various agencies throughout the U.S. Mentor programs and other resources for students at nursing schools are just one of the ways in which nursing schools around the county are attempting to limit the crisis in the future. Johnson & Johnson is one non-profit organization that recently announced a plan to help with the national nursing shortage while diversifying the nursing profession.
Washington, D.C., March 6, 2012 — Today, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future has renewed its support for the Minority Nurse Scholars Program. Designed to address the shortage of nurse faculty and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this collaborative effort provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds with aspirations to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.
The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future – AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program was launched in September 2007 to support full-time students from groups under-represented in nursing with an interest in teaching. This program invites applications from students in doctoral and clinically-focused master’s programs who will serve as nurse faculty after completing their degree programs. Scholarship recipients are selected by an application review committee, and awards in the amount of $18,000 are disbursed each summer.
All scholarship recipients are expected to attend AACN’s annual faculty development conference and meet regularly with an identified mentor who will assist in preparing them to assume leadership roles in academia. To date, AACN has helped to prepare 43 minority faculty scholars through this initiative and a similar effort (no longer active) launched by AACN and The California Endowment. For an introduction to all previous scholarship winners, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships/minority.
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