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Princeton, N.J. --The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that California is one of nine states chosen for a two-year, $300,000 grant to advance state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. The funding is through a new RWJF program, Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN).
In addition to California, those chosen for the new grants are Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Washington state. Coalitions in each state will now work with academic institutions and employers on implementing sophisticated strategies to help nurses get higher degrees in order to improve patient care and help fill faculty and advanced practice nursing roles. In particular, the states will encourage strong partnerships between community colleges and universities to make it easier for nurses to transition to higher degrees.
The emphasis in California will focus on implementation of a collaborative model of nursing education through a partnership between California State University Los Angeles, School of Nursing and seven Los Angeles community colleges. This model provides for seamless, uninterrupted and timely progression from the associate to the bachelor's degree with one more year of full time study. In Los Angeles 74 percent of new graduates enter the workforce through community colleges. Mary Foley, co-lead of the California Action Coalition states, "This collaborative approach will increase access to a BSN education in a timely and resource-effective manner, as it builds upon the community colleges as a foundation to overcome traditional barriers of education progression. It is the most efficient way that California will be able to increase the numbers of nurses educated with a BSN."...