SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

September 08, 2009 09:36 ET

ETS Receives 300K to Evaluate RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - September 8, 2009) - Educational Testing Service today announced that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation approved a $299,827 award to ETS for the purpose of evaluating the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. The grant period will run from July 15, 2009 to January 15, 2012.

The scholarship program ($10,000 per student) is intended to alleviate severe nursing shortages and increase the socioeconomic and ethnic diversity of nursing professionals by enrolling college graduates with non-nursing degrees into accelerated nursing bachelor's (11-18 months) and master's (3 years) programs.

"The U.S. has a nursing shortage. It has several dimensions. Simply put, there are not enough nurses, not enough new nurses, and not enough nursing faculty to instruct the students we have now," says Catherine Millet, Ph.D., Project Director and ETS Senior Research Scientist. "This work will help to determine the effectiveness of the scholarship program in successfully recruiting people to the nursing field."

The evaluation will produce, in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, information on the enrollment changes that occurred at the institutions and the experiences of the participants in the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship program. The evaluation project will also produce a system of common student information for the participating colleges and universities; track the students from the point of applying through completing a nursing degree and beyond; and provide data and information to the AACN that can be used to improve the program and inform nursing schools on best practices.

"We are very pleased to welcome ETS to the Foundation's family of grantees," Nancy Fishman, M.P.H., Senior Program Officer says. "We're thrilled that ETS will be working with AACN and us on this important project to help address this country's nursing shortage."

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful, and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org