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Growing Tomorrow’s Nursing Workforce: New Paths to Professional Nursing

Randall Wilson

A recent New Jersey-based initiative, New Paths to Professional Nursing (NPPN), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives program, demonstrates that it is possible to create a pipeline of nursing candidates who live in and resemble the communities they serve. NPPN tapped the frontline, non-licensed workforce of hospitals and other participating employers, enabling selected employees to enroll in prerequisite courses for a BSN to build the first stages of a diverse, culturally competent, bachelor-prepared nursing pipeline. This brief examines key lessons from NPPN—noting both opportunities and challenges—and offers recommendations to build on this experience.

Check out a video about this initiative, and more information, on the New Jersey Health Initiatives website.