Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future Joins with AACN to Expand the Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

Since 2006, AACN’s partnering organizations have contributed over $29 million to enhancing diversity in nursing

Washington, D.C., February 25, 2013 — Today, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future has renewed its support for the national Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Designed to enhance racial/ethnic diversity within the nurse faculty population in the U.S., this collaborative effort provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students committed to teaching in schools of nursing after graduation.

“AACN applauds the Johnson & Johnson Campaign and our other partner organizations for their strong commitment to enhancing diversity in nursing, which has resulted in more than $29 million in scholarship funding for minority nursing students since 2006,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling. “As the national voice for professional nursing education, AACN will continue to advocate for more programs and federal resources to assist schools with their efforts to remove financial barriers to nursing education and faculty careers for all populations in need.”

The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future – AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program was launched in September 2007 to support full-time students from groups under-represented in nursing with an interest in teaching. This program invites applications from students in doctoral and clinically-focused master’s programs who will serve as nurse faculty after completing their degrees. Scholarship recipients are selected by an application review committee, and 10 awards in the amount of $18,000 are disbursed each summer. All recipients are expected to attend AACN’s annual Faculty Development Conference and meet regularly with a mentor who will assist in preparing them to assume leadership roles in academia.

To date, AACN has helped to prepare 53 minority faculty scholars through this initiative and a similar effort (no longer active) launched by AACN and The California Endowment. Given the teaching requirement that is attached to each scholarship awarded, this program has generated more than 100 teaching years, in addition to preparing a new cadre of faculty who will have long careers as nurse educators, mentors, and leaders. For an introduction to all previous scholarship winners, see

AACN is currently accepting applications from students for the next round of scholarship awards. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2013, and new winners will be announced in August 2013. To download an application, see

Leading Efforts to Diversify Nursing Education

As a central component of AACN’s core values and strategic plan, enhancing diversity among nursing students and faculty has been at the forefront of the organization’s advocacy work and programming for more than 10 years. AACN has effectively leveraged its resources to address this national priority given the strong connection between a diverse healthcare workforce and the ability to offer quality, culturally competent patient care. By providing scholarships and leadership development opportunities to minority students pursuing graduate degrees, AACN is creating a cadre of future nurse educators and leaders of the profession. The organization’s work to embed standards related to cultural competency in the Essentials documents that guide the development of baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are helping to better equip future nurses to care for an increasingly diverse patient population. Additionally, AACN’s work as the national program office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing program has opened the door for 2,717 new nurses to enter the profession by providing $10,000 scholarships to students in accelerated programs. All of these scholarship receipients come from ethnically diverse and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information on issues related to diversity in nursing education and AACN’s efforts to address this critical issue, see

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 720 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.