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 Foundation Awards NSU $120,000 Grant

Norfolk State University has received a $120,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help fill the need for highly educated nurses. The grant allows underrepresented students to receive nursing degrees as well as provide a path for students who already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in another field to enter the nursing profession. This award will help students enrolled in the accelerated second degree to the bachelor of science in nursing program during the 2013-14 academic year. To date, NSU has received a total of $400,000 in scholarships under the program.

Provided through the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN), the grant will also help develop nurse leaders. “NSU, via this program is able to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce in the Commonwealth and increase the number of bachelor of science (B.S.) prepared nurses,” said Dr. Bennie Marshall, chair of the NSU Department of Nursing and Allied Health. “NSU is playing a significant part in meeting the needs of magnet hospitals such as Sentara Norfolk General Hospital,” she said. “The evidence has shown that B.S.-prepared nurses provide greater quality of care to their patients.”

Norfolk State has been participating in the NCIN program since its inception during 2007-08 and has received grants for four of the six program years. Nursing students have had their essays featured on the NCIN website and one scholar has served as a panelist at the NCIN Summit. In addition, nursing faculty have also presented at the annual summit. “We have reaped numerous benefits,” said Marshall, “and have graciously shared our expertise with the national nursing community via webinars, posters and the annual summit.”

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