New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Developing paths to professional nursing careers for underrepresented populations.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Developing paths to professional nursing careers for underrepresented populations.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Grant Award Amount

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in collaboration with Rutgers University School of Nursing educated eight paraprofessionals, who are employees of the hospital, who wished to enter a BS in Nursing program by Fall of 2016. The paraprofessionals chosen were individuals from within the community who showed a strong desire to become a nurse, but did not have the means to complete this degree. Funds were used to provide this diverse cohort of future nursing leaders support for completing pre-requisite course work, and to teach them the skills needed to complete a BS in Nursing degree. Students were also provided financial support, academic tutoring and counseling as they completde their pre-nursing courses at community college or Rutgers University. Through this initiative, the hospital took assertive and strategic measures to both incorporate diversity initiatives among its employees and embrace inclusion as it relates to high-quality patient care.

Path to Professional Nursing
Grant Recipient
Key Contact

Kathy Zavotsky, MS, RN, CCRN, CEN, ACNS-BC
Director, Center for Nursing Research & Advanced Clinical Practice and Education
732-828-3000 x5123

Counties Served

Hear one front-line health care worker’s story and motivation for participating:

View final recommendations from this project: 
Growing Tomorrow’s Nursing Workforce: New Paths to Professional Nursing
(2017 March 20)

Haqq-Stevens E, Zavotsky KE, Kelly S, Duffy C, Pagani C, Young M, Colineri L. New Paths to Professional Nursing: Using Encouragement to Prepare a Minority Workforce to Enter the Nursing Profession. Creative Nursing. 2017; 23 (3):158-166.

Atkins, RL, Estrada EJ, Hagerman D, Ellis MR, Wilson R, Maguire P. “Innovations_to Support Frontline Health Care.” Nursing Education Perspectives. 2016; 37 (6):347-348.


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