$250K Grant for Path to Professional Nursing Program

The RWJ University Hospital Foundation recently secured a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under the New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) to fund the program “Path to Professional Nursing.” As a collaborative effort with the College of Nursing at Rutgers and RWJUH’s Human Resources Department, the Nursing Education Program, and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, the Path to Professional Nursing Program will provide academic support for 8 hospital paraprofessionals to pursue their BS in Nursing. All of the students are New Brunswick residents who come from underserved or disadvantaged backgrounds and would have been unlikely to obtain their BSN without such a program. RWJUH is committed to recruiting Registered Nurse staff with a BSN or higher, and our goal as a Magnet hospital is to require all nurses to have a BSN by 2020. Our hope is that this pilot program will serve as a continual pipeline for RWJUH nurses to obtain their BSN and thus continue to provide excellent care for RWJUH patients. We look forward to reporting on the success of the grant over the next few years.

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