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First Group of Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Selected by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future and AACN

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For Immediate Release

First Group of Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Selected by the
Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future and AACN

WASHINGTON, DC, February 12, 2008 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future are pleased to announce that the first five Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars have been selected through a new program to address the nation’s shortage of nurse educators. This program was launched in September 2007 to provide financial support to graduate nursing students from minority backgrounds who agree to teach in a school of nursing after graduation.

“Increasing the population of nurse educators and diversifying the faculty pool are two critical needs for the nursing profession,” said Andrea Higham, director of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. “J&J is pleased to be working with AACN to support the development of new nurse faculty from diverse backgrounds who will serve as mentors, role models, and future leaders.”

The Johnson & Johnson/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars program supports full-time minority students enrolled in graduate nursing programs, with a preference given to students in doctoral programs. Chaired by Dr. Evelyn Calvillo from California State University-Los Angeles, the 17-member scholarship review committee selected the following recipients to receive $18,000 scholarship awards:

  • Michael Paul Cary, PhD student at the University of Virginia

  • Estrella Evangelista-Hoffman, DNP student at Touro University in Nevada

  • Nena Rashed Harris, PhD student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  • Nancy Ho, PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Paula Alecia Neil, PhD student at the University of Rochester

To read a brief profile of each Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar, visit AACN’s Web page at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships/JJScholars08.pdf.

“We applaud the inaugural group of Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars and are excited by the contributions we know these outstanding students will make to nursing education,” said AACN President Jeanette Lancaster. “We were simply overwhelmed by the number of strong candidates for the five scholarship awards and are pleased to announce that this important program will continue through the 2008-2009 academic year.”

The Johnson & Johnson/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars program was modeled after a similar initiative launched by AACN and The California Endowment in 2006. 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.

Besides funding support, the Johnson & Johnson-sponsored program includes mentorship and leadership development components to ensure 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.

Applications for the 2008-2009 Academic Year Now Available

AACN is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the second round of Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars. Eligible applicants from minority backgrounds 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 funding may access the application which contains more details on eligibility and award requirements at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships/minority. The application deadline for scholarships to be awarded in Fall 2008 is June 2, 2008.

For more details on the nurse faculty shortage and AACN’s response, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/nursing-faculty-shortage.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 620 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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