University of Hawaii at Manoa- School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships through RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program

July 17, 2013

Margot Schrire, Director of Communications
UH Foundation
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Dr. Allen Hanberg, Master’s Entry Program in Nursing Director
UH School of Nursing
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University of Hawaii at Manoa- School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships through RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program

Program support to 52 schools of nursing will aid second career nurses from groups underrepresented in the profession.

Honolulu, Hawaii – The University of Hawaii at Manoa- School of Nursing and the University of Hawaii Foundation announced today that for the fourth time, it has been selected as a grant recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). During the 2013-2014 academic year, the University of Hawaii at Manoa- School of Nursing will receive $100,000 to support students in the school’s Master’s Entry Program in Nursing who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing second careers in the field. NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

“At this time when the nation’s need for highly educated nurses is growing, we are delighted to be able to support nursing students who will bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field, and become capable, culturally-competent nurses,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “NCIN is not only helping these students succeed in school, it is helping prepare the nursing workforce to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

 NCIN Scholars pose for photoEach NCIN Scholar has already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, and is making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program, which prepares students to pass the licensure exam required for all registered nurses in as little as 12-18 months.

At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 10 students will be awarded NCIN scholarships. Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,117 scholarships to students at 125 unique schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing.

“We are honored that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has elected to once again recognize our Master’s Entry Program in Nursing with this important award,” said UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple. He continued, “These scholarships play a key role in ensuring a diverse, qualified nursing workforce for Hawaii’s future and we are most grateful.”

Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing Dean Mary G. Boland continued, “This award highlights the growing national recognition for UH Manoa Nursing.  We appreciate the RWJF support that decreases the financial burden for Hawaii adult students returning to school to pursue a nursing career.  We need a well-educated, culturally connected nursing workforce to provide quality care throughout the State. Many of our MEPN graduates complete the pre-licensure study year at Manoa and then return to Maui and Kauai to complete their specialty education through our online course work on their home island. Scholarships are critical to supporting attendance and creating a cadre of Master’s prepared nurses. ” Professor Mary G. Boland, DrPH, RN, FAAN continued, “Targeted scholarships like this help build a culturally competent, well-educated pipeline of nurses for all Hawaii’s people.”

In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, NCIN scholars receive other support to help them meet the demands of an accelerated degree program. All NCIN grantee schools maintain a leadership program and a mentoring program for their scholars, as well as a pre-entry immersion program to help scholars learn study, test-taking, and other skills that will help them manage the challenges of an accelerated program.

“NCIN is strengthening nursing education and creating a culture of change at schools of nursing across the country,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our grantee schools are committed to enrolling students traditionally underrepresented in nursing, and students are benefiting from the emphasis on mentoring and leadership development that are hallmarks of the NCIN program. AACN is proud to collaborate with RWJF on this ground-breaking effort.”

The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher, and increasing the diversity of students to create a nursing workforce prepared to meet the health care demands of diverse populations across the lifespan. NCIN is helping to advance those recommendations, enabling schools to expand student capacity in higher education, and encouraging more diversity.

By bringing more nurses into the profession at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels, the NCIN program also helps to address the nation’s nurse faculty shortage. This trend is reflected in the NCIN scholars, as 91 percent of the students receiving funding in the first three years of the program indicate a desire to advance their education to the master’s and doctoral levels.

For more information about the University of Hawaii at Manoa- Master’s Entry Program in Nursing program, visit To find learn more about the NCIN program, visit

For information about applying for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholarship, contact Dr. Allen Hanberg at ahanberg@hawaii.eduor (808) 956-3883.


About NCIN
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to create New Careers in Nursing (NCIN): an RWJF Scholarship Program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through annual grants to schools of nursing, NCIN provides $10,000 scholarships to college graduates with degrees in other fields who wish to transition into nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s nursing program. For more information, visit

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or Facebook at

About AACN
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 720 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. For more information, visit

About University of Hawaii at Manoa Nursing
UH Manoa Nursing, the Nursing Capitol of the Pacific, is the leader in nursing education and research in Hawaii with outreach to Asia and the Pacific Basin. We support the mission of the University of Hawaii at Manoa: to provide an innovative, caring and multicultural environment in which faculty, students and staff work together to generate and transmit knowledge, wisdom, and values to promote quality of life and health for present and future generations. The School offers BS, master’s, and doctoral programs. To reflect Hawaii’s unique cultural diversity and heritage, UH Manoa Nursing is committed to increasing Native Hawaiian and other underserved people in all nursing programs. For more information, visit

The University of Hawaii Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaii System. The mission of the University of Hawaii Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawaii’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaii and our future generations.

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