The following is the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) weekly news roundup, highlighting nursing and health care stories from around the state.

Grants fund college’s nursing scholarships (NJ Biz)
Thomas Edison State College has received $700,000 in grants that will enable it to provide scholarships to about 50 nursing students over the next three years. They will participate in an intensive one-year program that addresses a looming nurse shortage in New Jersey. The school has received $650,000 from the Helene Fuld Health Trust and $50,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholarship program.

Kean University awarded HRSA Funding for Nurse Faculty Loan Program (Suburban News)
The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Kean University’s School of Nursing $309,183 for the period of July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, to be administered through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. Up to 25 students in Kean’s PhD in Nursing Educational Leadership program will be eligible for financial support under this award.

Rutgers Board of Governors Takes First Steps to Consolidate University’s Nursing Programs Throughout the State (Rutgers Today)
The Rutgers University Board of Governors has approved a plan to unite two of the university’s nursing programs, launching a new era of nursing education in New Jersey that will enhance training and improve patient outcomes. On July 1, 2014, the Rutgers College of Nursing, which operates in Newark and New Brunswick, and the School of Nursing’s programs in Newark consolidated and began operating as the Rutgers School of Nursing.