Caldwell University Awarded $250,000 Grant, Designated for Nursing Students, from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
CALDWELL, NJ - Caldwell University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Paths to Professional Nursing initiative. The grant is specifically designed to address the future nursing shortage by providing assistance to aspiring nursing students.
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
St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, has received Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the fourth consecutive time since 1999. The Director of Clinical Education at the Inter-Professional Education Department at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Rose Nagle-Girgenti, RN, MA, said the hospital’s partnership with the newly named university is an exciting and unique opportunity for St. Joseph’s paraprofessionals interested in pursuing a four-year 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
Students in the BSN program study in the university’s new 4,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The nursing facility features technologically enhanced learning spaces that include laboratories for nursing skills, health assessment and simulation and a large classroom. The new learning environments are arranged to encourage interaction, collaboration and active engagement.
“We are delighted to have Caldwell University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare System as part of this cohort of grantees serving as the foundation
President Dr. Nancy H. Blattner
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Caldwell University is a private, Catholic coed four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Caldwell offers 25 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, including doctoral, master’s, certificate and certification programs, as well as online and distance learning options that prepare students for today's global marketplace. The university has 15 NCAA Division II athletic teams and numerous clubs, fraternities, sororities and activities on a beautiful 70-acre campus located in the suburbs of Caldwell, New Jersey. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence influence academic and campus life.
For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. RWJF strives to build a national culture of health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.
Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is a major academic, not-for-profit, comprehensive health care organization located in Northern New Jersey. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s prides itself on providing sophisticated, compassionate health care with a ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence.