RWJF NCIN Conference

Recipients of the 2013-14 RWJF New Careers in Nursing scholarship recently had the opportunity to attend a significant conference focused on professional growth and development.

Lienhard School of Nursing is a four time grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). During the 2013-2014 academic year, Lienhard received $50,000 to support students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program who are underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing second careers.

Dr. Martha Greenberg, PhD, RN is one of the grant's principal investigators; the other is Dr. Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN.

Pace has been awarded a total of $300,000 through the NCIN program.

Participants in the recent conference had the opportunity to explore various aspects of nurse leadership including: NCIN Scholars, Pathway to Leadership; a keynote session on Professional Role Development; breakout sessions on Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and on Securing a Nursing Position in a Constrained Job Market; a plenary session on Legislative Issues that Impact Nursing Practice, and a session on Doctoral Advancement in Nursing.  Students also had the opportunity to meet influential nurse leaders, some of whom are Pace alumni, including Stephen Ferrara, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP (Executive Director, The Nurse Practitioner Assoc. of New York State; Pace adjunct faculty) and Larry Rebich, RN, and RWJF-NCIN scholar.

The conference objectives were to:

● Explore common challenges and opportunities when making a career transition to the nursing profession as a new graduate.

● Identify opportunities for continued professional growth and development.

● Identify key requirements when building a career path.

● Network with colleagues in discussion groups on professional practice topics of interest.

In the photo below from left to right: Michael Palazzo, Tiju Kunjukunjukuttytharakan, Boris Melhy, Dr. Stephen Ferrara (LSN Adjunct Faculty and alum), Annesley O’Neal, Alexandra Gomez, and Larry Rebich (NCIN RWFJ Scholar and Alum).

The conference took place on Saturday, April 26 at New York University, College of Dentistry.