Project RN

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Project RN is CareFirst’s program that funds scholarships for nurses seeking advanced degrees to become nurse educators. CareFirst has invested nearly $1 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 2013, CareFirst announced its third round of Project RN grants that were awarded to 11 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
    • Fourteen students, representing eight universities have completed the program and are now teaching.
    • Seventeen students are currently enrolled in the program. Fourteen of these students will complete their degrees in 2013.