The NP² – New Paths to the Nursing Profession at Caldwell University program partnered two premier organizations, Caldwell University in higher education, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in health care, who share a common mission to serve the poor and disadvantaged. Caldwell University established a clear pathway for eight aspiring front-line health care workers in Paterson, New Jersey, to become licensed RNs. This project created and sustained a continuous infusion of best-practice interventions, academic student supports, and social interactions to build students’ confidence that they can succeed while overcoming past academic challenges. Initiatives included an intense boot camp, potential life-changing leadership group exercises, eager professionals ready to work, caring skilled student tutors, and a senior team that champions diversity and innovation.
In November 2022, Caldwell University published an update about program participant Curdel Mcfarlane-Pierce, who is now in her element in the pediatrics outpatient unit as a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson. Read about her journey.
View final recommendations from this project:
Growing Tomorrow’s Nursing Workforce: New Paths to Professional Nursing
(2017 March 20)
Atkins, Robert L., Erik Juan Estrada, Diane Hagerman, Milton R. Ellis, Randall Wilson, and Patricia Maguire. “Innovations_to Support Frontline Health Care.” Nursing Education Perspectives 37.6 (2016): 347-48.