Support For More Nursing Students

nursing school studentsRecognizing that financing a nursing education became more difficult than ever for most in 2009, the University of Rochester School of Nursing once again secured funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. In 2008, the School was among the first institutions in the nation to receive money from this competitive program.

In 2009, the School was awarded $130,000, which provided $10,000 scholarships for 13 entry-level nursing students during the 2009-2010 academic year. The scholarships enabled us to increase the number of students enrolled in the accelerated baccalaureate and master’s programs for non-nurses. Programs like these nationwide have proven to be the most efficient route to licensure as a registered nurse for adults who have already completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a discipline other than nursing. They are a critical element in the effort to alleviate the country’s nursing shortage.

Enrollment in these programs has steadily increased. The School of Nursing’s programs began in 2002 with 22 individuals. The current class features 106 students, and demand led to the creation of a second cohort that began in January 2010. Unfortunately, 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. Through the New Careers in Nursing Program, we are able to offer interested students a financial lifeline at a difficult time.