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Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future Joins With AACN to Offer New Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
Date:9/5/2007

Program Addresses the National Need for More Nurse Educators

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future (J&J) is launching a new national scholarship program designed to increase the number of nurse faculty from ethnic minority backgrounds. The J&J-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars program will provide financial assistance to underrepresented minority (URM) nursing students to facilitate the completion of graduate programs and diversify the nurse faculty population. AACN's latest data show that only 10.5 percent of full-time nurse faculty come from URM backgrounds.

"AACN applauds the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future for taking this important step towards increasing the number of minority nurses available to teach in our nation's schools of nursing," said AACN President Jeanette Lancaster. "This program shows a real commitment to supporting the educational advancement of minority students who will soon serve as educators, role models and leaders within the nursing profession."

The J&J/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars program supports full-time URM nursing students in doctoral or master's degree programs, with a preference given to those completing a doctorate. The program includes mentorship and leadership development components to assure successful completion of graduate studies and preparation for a faculty role. Scholarship candidates must demonstrate potential for long-term contributions to the field of nursing education and agree to teach in a U.S. school of nursing after graduation.

Scholarship winners will receive $16,500 of the $18,000 scholarship award with the remaining monies held in escrow at AACN to cover travel and other expenses for an annual leadership conference. Eligible applicants must be accepted into a master's or doctoral program at an accredited school of nursing and agree to attend classes full-time throughout the program's duration. Award preference will be given to students at schools of nursing which commit to matching a portion of the candidate's tuition costs. Students interested in applying for this program may download an application at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/JJApp07.doc. The application deadline for Spring 2008 scholarships is October 15, 2007.

This new initiative is modeled after the successful California Endowment- AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship that was launched in Spring 2006 to address the shortage of URM faculty in the state of California. Through this program, 17 minority nursing students are now completing doctorates and master's degrees with post-graduation commitments to serve as faculty in California schools of nursing. For more details on this program, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CAEawardApp.pdf.

In addition to these important scholarship programs, AACN is leading the effort to address the nurse faculty shortage by working to secure federal funding for faculty development programs, collect data on faculty vacancy rates, identify strategies to address the shortage, and focus media attention on this important issue. This work includes:

-- Collaborating with other nursing groups to mobilize support for more

federal funding for nursing education, including support for the Nurse

Faculty Loan Program and the creation of new legislation such as the

Nurse Faculty Higher Education Act and the Nurse Education, Expansion

and Development Act.

-- Leading the effort to expand the Graduate Assistance in Areas of

National Need program administered by the U.S. Department of Education

to include nursing. As a result, nursing in now recognized as an area

of national need and new funding for PhD programs in nursing is

available.

-- Offering a Faculty Development Conference in February 2008 to help

prepare and retain new nurse faculty at schools nationwide.

-- Highlighting statewide initiatives and other best practices related to

addressing the faculty shortage via Issue Bulletins, media articles and

Web resources.

For more details on the nurse faculty shortage and AACN's response, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/FactSheets/FacultyShortage.htm.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 600 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. See http://www.aacn.nche.edu.

Johnson & Johnson is the world's most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostic markets. The more than 200 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employ approximately 122,000 men and women and sell products throughout the world. For more information, see http://www.jnj.com. For details about the Campaign for Nursing's Future, see http://www.discovernursing.com and http://www.campaignfornursing.com.


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