(August 5, 2014) - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced today that North Carolina has been chosen to receive a $300,000, two-year grant in Phase II of its Academic Progression in Nursing program (APIN). APIN is advancing state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce.
(July 29, 2014) - The focus will be on registered nurses at Mission Hospital or one of the system’s rural affiliates who hold two-year degrees and are ethnic minorities or from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The nurses will receive scholarships. stipends and mentorship opportunities.
(May 16, 2014) - The Robert Would Johnson Foundation featured the work of the RIBN Student Success Advocates in the article Advancing Nurse Education in North Carolina. "For nursing students, the road from the associate’s to the bachelor’s degree can be rocky. But a program in North Carolina is smoothing out that path so more students are able to take it. In doing so, the program is creating a more highly educated—and more highly skilled—nursing workforce that is better able to provide care and promote health in the state."
(March 21, 2014) - Foundation for Nursing Excellence is pleased to announce that Western Community College and Isothermal Community College joins the RIBN Program! The business agreement is the largest of its size and scope ever between a North Carolina community college and a member institution of the University of North Carolina system.
(January/February 2014, Volume 75) - North Carolina Medical Journal (NCMJ)
"To meet the increasing demand for a more educated nursing workforce, the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN)initiative provides an economically feasible educational pathway between community colleges and universities so that more North Carolina nursing students can achieve a baccalaureate degree at the beginning of their career."
(September 2013) - Issue 21 of the Charting Nursing's Future series explores why nurses should advance their education and the strategies that make this feasible.
See the RIBN program in action at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Learn more about the RIBN Program and how it is working at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Program, coordinated by the Foundation for Nursing Excellence, is being highlighted by The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI). It is featured in the IEI Commons exhibit in the new James B. Hunt Library on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus and online.
RALEIGH, N.C. (September 21, 2012) - The focus in North Carolina will be on creating the educational infrastructure to support increasing the proportion of baccalaureate or higher degree nurses to 80 percent by 2025 by providing student support and improving targeted recruitment and retention strategies.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced that North Carolina is one of nine states chosen for a two-year, $300,000 grant to advance state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. The funding is through a new RWJF program, Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN).
The Future of Nursing in North Carolina by Mary P. “Polly” Johnson, MSN, RN, FAAN. North Carolina’s nurses have an impressive history of contributing to health and health care in the state; from establishing its first civilian hospital to offering of the nation’s first clinical master’s program in nursing.
WASHINGTON (September 26, 2011)– The NC Future of Nursing Action Coalition has been selected as an Action Coalition by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. This project is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), and sponsored by AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities.
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2011).- The Foundation for Nursing Excellence (FFNE) has received a $1,370,000 grant from The Duke Endowment (TDE) to increase the number of Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates in North Carolina by expanding the RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) project. Over the next three years, more than two-thirds of the award will be shared directly with five different regional RIBN partnerships throughout North Carolina.
ADVANCE for Nurses writer Lisa O. Monroe highlighted the Foundation for Nursing Excellence’s RIBN program in part one of their three part series on initiatives across the country to relieve an expected future nursing shortage.
In this article, Jonas Center’s Executive Director Darlene Curley talks about the generosity of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the work being done in the project. This project builds “partnerships with community colleges and four year institutions working towards a common goal” of procuring highly trained nurses and thus a higher quality in patient care. Polly Johnson, President and CEO of Foundation for Nursing Excellence, discusses how it works with the North Carolina portion of the project and how the nursing students are “socialized from day one that they are on their way to a bachelor’s degree in four years.”
Recently Polly Johnson, President and CEO of Foundation for Nursing Excellence, along with other nursing leaders in North Carolina, attended the National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing where the recently released Institute of Medicine Report: The Future of Nursing - Leading Change, Advancing Health was discussed in great detail. Government, healthcare, business and philanthropic thought leaders were challenged to work collaboratively to move the major recommendations of the report forward to action at the national, state and local levels. North Carolina is already moving forward on several of the key areas with The Foundation for Nursing Excellence taking the lead on two of the major recommendations.
RALEIGH, NC (November 2009) - The Foundation for Nursing Excellence (FFNE) recently received a gift to further the second phase of its Evidence-Based Transition to Nursing Practice Initiative in North Carolina. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation provided funds to specifically identify, design and test strategies related to preceptor role development and the use of simulation in assessing and enhancing core competence and confidence development during the first 6 months of employment for newly licensed nurses in our state. The goals of this project are to enhance competence and reduce new nurse turnover by 20% as strategies for creating a well-prepared nursing workforce in North Carolina. Further comments and contact information are in the November News Release.
RALEIGH, NC (December 2009) - The Foundation for Nursing Excellence (FFNE) recently received a second gift from The Duke Endowment to further the Evidence-Based Transition to Nursing Practice initiative in North Carolina. Further comments and contact information are in the December News Release.
North Carolina Central University and Central Carolina Community College have announced an agreement to collaborate on the RIBN program, designed to raise the education and training level of nurses in the work force. Read more here >
Jonas Center & Partners Investing in Nursing's Future Article Read more here >