The University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science announced Wednesday that it received a $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Nursing students scholarship recipients will participate in an accelerated bachelor’s degree or master’s degree program at USD. Photo credit: Wiki Commons

The award, as part of foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, will fund $10,000 scholarships for 15 minority students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another area but are switching to nursing. The recipients will participate in an accelerated bachelor’s degree or master’s degree program.

USD is one of 52 schools awarded a grant from the foundation for a second time.

“New Careers in Nursing has made amazing strides in helping schools of nursing recruit and retain diverse students in these competitive and rigorous accelerated degree programs,” said Dr. David Krol, the foundation’s senior program officer. “Through supporting these institutions, NCIN is working to increase the diversity of our nursing workforce, while also assisting schools of nursing in making their institutions more inclusive.”

Accelerated nursing classes can prepare students to become registered nurses in 12-18 months, according to the foundation.

The funding also helps address a shortage of nursing faculty, because 91 percent of scholarship recipients are interested in advanced degrees.

— City News Service

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