Project RNReturn to Nursing Programs
Project RN is CareFirst’s program that funds scholarships for nurses seeking advanced degrees to become nurse educators. CareFirst has invested $3.2 million into its existing program, aimed at increasing the number of nurse faculty teaching at universities throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.
- In 2007, CareFirst launched the first Project RN master’s level nursing scholarship program aimed at increasing the number of nursing faculty teachers at institutions throughout the region. Due to the success of the program, CareFirst launched another round of scholarships in 2010 as Project RN II.
- In 2014, CareFirst announced its third round of Project RN grants were awarded to 12 post-graduate nurses.
- The scholarships are intended for colleges in the CareFirst service area that offer master’s and doctorate level degrees in nursing. The scholarships are for full-time and part-time students who are expected to commit to teaching in the CareFirst region for at least three years following graduation. In most cases, each student was eligible for an $80,000 stipend.
- Universities receive the grants from CareFirst and are responsible for selecting and guiding students during their time in school, and monitoring their progress for three years following graduation.
- Nursing Project RN Scholarships to date:
- Number of Scholarships: 42 students at 14 universities
- Dollar amount: $3.2 million
- 24 students have completed the program and are now teaching
- Five students will graduate in 2014
- As of May 2013, 15 students were participating in the program