The New Jersey Nursing Initiative’s Faculty Preparation Program, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is helping people interested in becoming nurse faculty in the state. Those who have been selected as RWJF New Jersey Nursing Scholars are receiving generous benefits and support to help them complete their graduate or doctoral studies.
In addition to scholarships, a stipend and a laptop computer, each Scholar is eligible for a financial incentive that rewards him or her for teaching at a school of nursing in New Jersey for up to three years after graduation. Through its grantees, the schools of nursing, the program also is developing innovative curricula to ensure that New Jersey’s institutions of higher learning are prepared to meet the health care challenges of the 21st century.
Please note the program is no longer accepting applicants. The second and final cohort began their studies in the fall of 2011.
Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow
The Faculty Preparation Program is working to develop, implement and evaluate an education curriculum that integrates education and faculty preparation into the nursing clinical masters-level and doctoral programs to prepare nurses with advanced clinical expertise as faculty/educators.
Reducing Barriers to Advanced Study
Each of the RWJF New Jersey Nursing Scholars has received a scholarship covering tuition and fees, and a $50,000 per year stipend to cover living expenses for the two to four years spent as full-time students. Each scholar also receives a laptop computer.
Filling the Pipeline
Upon graduation, each Scholar is eligible for a financial incentive that rewards him or her for teaching at a school of nursing or continued pursuit of their studies (for the masters level scholars). The incentive program will begin upon the completion of the first year as a faculty member and continue for three years. In this way, Scholars will increase the capacity of NJ nursing programs, helping to educate the next generation of the state’s nursing workforce.