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Kean Shares Robert Wood Johnson Grant as Part of New Jersey Nursing Education Collaborative (NJNEC)

UNION, NJ - A Robert Wood Johnson grant was recently awarded to a nursing education collaboration composed of Kean University, The College of New Jersey, William Paterson University and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The New Jersey Nursing Education Collaborative was the first to receive the grant and each college chose two scholars to prepare as nurse educators.

"One of the great things about this program is that there are four colleges in four different regions in the state that have come together to prepare nurse educators to serve the nursing education needs of the state of New Jersey," said Dr. Minnie Campbell, Executive Director of the School of Nursing. "I would like to see that collaboration continue. It provides an unprecedented opportunity for nurses who are more than ready to go back to school, to prepare to share their knowledge and experience with prospective and novice nurses. Itís a wonderful opportunity for Kean Nursing students."

Andrea Taylor and Elizabeth Arnold, who graduated from Kean in May with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), were chosen from among 14 applicants to undergo nurse educator preparation. They subsequently started this fall in Keanís two-year M.S.N.-Community Nursing Option program. Each Robert Wood Johnson Scholar receives a $50,000/year stipend, plus tuition and book allowance to pursue full-time studies. A third scholar, Munira Wells, also a Kean graduate, was selected by Seton Hall University to complete a PhD in Nursing education as a RWJ Foundation.

"If they had not had the opportunity to receive this scholarship, I donít think that they would be pursuing their degrees," said Campbell. "This program truly has been a Godsend to them."

Campbell added that the program has been intensive, with students immediately getting involved in faculty activities. "They have had quite an eye opener," she said.