- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
The monies will be available to Caldwell University nursing students, working at St. Joseph's Hospital, who are in need of financial, academic, and social support as they complete the prerequisite natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities coursework required for the baccalaureate nursing programs by fall 2016. The school is partnering with the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System so that those students who work at St. Joseph’s may be able to complete the first two years of their liberal arts and science studies before entering nursing clinical courses.
Caldwell’s Director of Nursing Dr. MaryCarol Rossignol said the university is delighted to partner with St. Joseph's. The grant program, she explained, will enhance and advance baccalaureate learning for a select cohort of St. Joseph’s paraprofessional employees who would otherwise lack the means and resources to enroll in a private institution of higher learning.
“Working together, we can meet the needs of the students to strengthen
their academic success and progression in Caldwell University’s
bachelor of science in nursing program and contribute
to fostering a diverse and educated nursing workforce,” Rossignol said.
“This New Paths to Professional Nursing program will provide targeted academic, financial and social support to increase readiness and remove barriers so that the students can pursue their nursing degree.”
Nagle-Girgenti explained that an important aspect of the grant is that existing staff RNs at St. Joseph's will act as mentors to the chosen students in order to give them support and assistance in the workplace in addition to their work at the university. Students will also be given a place to study and have access to online learning.
"We have a strong commitment to these employees and
will do all we can to ensure their success," Nagle-Girgenti expressed.
“We are delighted to have Caldwell University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare System as part of this cohort of grantees serving as the foundation
for us to begin a statewide conversation on the need for a nursing workforce that is both baccalaureate-prepared and representative of the diverse communities they serve," Director of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives Bob Atkins, Ph.D., RN, FAAN stated.
"Health outcomes improve when nurses have this higher level of education and are culturally diverse, and Caldwell’s partnership with St. Joseph’s
Healthcare System demonstrates the commitment and resources
to support frontline health care workers who aspire to be nurses.”
President Dr. Nancy H. Blattner
120 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Route 1 and College Road East
P.O. Box 2316
Princeton, NJ 08543
St. Joseph’s Healthcare System
703 Main Street
Paterson, NJ 07503