The Catholic University of America

Oct. 6, 2008

School of Nursing Receives $150,000 Grant to Alleviate Nursing Shortage

CUA's School of Nursing has been awarded a $150,000 grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase the number of students enrolled in the school's accelerated baccalaureate nursing program. The grant award is the equivalent of 15 scholarships.

CUA's nursing school was one of 58 nationwide chosen to receive funding through the foundation's New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, which aims to strengthen the nation's pipeline of new nurses by providing financial aid to students who enroll in fast-track nursing degree programs.

Scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded to 706 nursing students in accelerated programs nationwide during the 2008-2009 academic year. Five CUA students have already been notified of their award.

Award preference is given to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Grant funding also will be used by the School of Nursing to help leverage new faculty resources and provide mentoring and leadership development resources to ensure successful program completion by scholarship recipients.

"An accelerated baccalaureate nursing program is critical for so many reasons, including massive nursing shortages," said Nalini Jairath, dean of CUA's nursing school. "And by recruiting culturally distinct groups, we are training nurses who, in many cases, mirror the population they are serving. This creates an opportunity to give care that is more culturally sensitive."

Slightly more than 10 percent of CUA's nursing students are enrolled in the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program, which is geared toward career-changers who did not pursue nursing at the undergraduate level. It has been designed as a 65-credit, 20-month program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and direct entry into the nursing workforce.