New Jersey Health Initiatives, a statewide grant making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, invites organizations to apply for support for projects that address the future shortage of nurses by supporting development and implementation of programs that prepare healthcare paraprofessionals from underrepresented communities to matriculate into baccalaureate nursing programs in the state of New Jersey.

The goal of NJHI: New Paths to Professional Nursing program is to encourage the development, adoption, and implementation of higher education/healthcare system team models that support aspiring nursing students who are currently employed as and have at least two years of experience as healthcare paraprofessionals in successfully completing the prerequisite coursework needed for admission to a baccalaureate nursing program. The program addresses three areas of concern: a future nursing shortage; the need for a more culturally diverse nursing workforce; and the need for more nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level. Programs will provide the financial, academic, and social supports that aspiring nursing students will need to complete the prerequisite natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities coursework required for admission to baccalaureate nursing programs by fall 2016.

Deadline: January 17, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET
Award: $100,000 to $250,000

For more information on the grants and guidelines please refer to:–new-paths-to-nursing.html