Five nursing students selected as New Careers in Nursing scholars

Recipients Sarahí Almonte, John Dodd, Michael Levien, Alex Neumeister, and Miguel Rosa
From left: John Dodd, Miguel Rosa, Michael Levien, Sarahí Almonte and Alex Neumeister
Nov. 19, 2013 - Five School of Nursing students have been selected as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholars.

This year's scholars are: Sarahí Almonte, of West Haven, John Dodd, of Hamden, Michael Levien, of Higganum, Alex Neumeister, of Cicero, N.Y., and Miguel Rosa, of Danbury.

The NCIN scholarship program is a national program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The program is designed to help alleviate the national nursing shortage, increase the diversity of nursing professionals, expand capacity in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, and enhance the pipeline of potential nurse faculty.

Nursing leaders have long recognized the strong connection between a culturally diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide quality patient care. The five NCIN scholars will complete Quinnipiac's accelerated nursing track in May 2014. The scholars will complete their senior year in nursing while developing leadership skills through mentoring and other leadership activities planned throughout the year.

"This is the third round of RWJF New Careers in Nursing scholarships the School of Nursing has received and once again we are grateful for the opportunity to offer the Scholars support and to work with them during this academic year," said Cory Boyd, associate professor of nursing and coordinator of the accelerated nursing track. "I would be remiss, however, if I did not emphasize the joy and inspiration they offer to faculty members, and the promise that they instill in us that our youth will do great things."