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RIBN Student enrollment exceeds 500

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HICKORY RIBN PUBLISHES QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER, ISSUE NO. 2

(OCTOBER, 2016) Hickory RIBN quarterly publishes a newsletter to keep practice partners, current and future RIBN students, faculty, staff and community members informed about the RIBN program at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  The current issue highlights students' community service involvement and 100% NCLEX pass rate in May 2016.  Click Here to read the full issue. 

NC PIEDMONT holds FIRST RIBN COHORT INDUCTION CEREMONY at NC A&T

(AUGUST, 2016) NC Piedmont, a partnership between North Carolina Agricultural & Technical (NCA&T) University, The College of Davidson and Davie Counties, Guilford Technical Community College and Vance-Granville Community College, held it's first RIBN Induction Ceremony on August 8, 2016 at NCA&T.  Incoming students are pictured with administrators from the four partnered educational institutions.  Click Here to view the NCP 2016 Induction Ceremony photo gallery. (Photos are courtesy of Vance-Granville Community College.)

 

EAST-the magazine of east carolina university features ribn graduate, caleb woolard  

(AUGUST, 2016) ECU program helps boost nursing workforce.  “Research relates improved patient outcomes with nurses who have the four-year baccalaureate degree or higher," said Sylvia Brown, dean of the ECU College of Nursing. Click here to read the full article.

lenoir-rhyne university publishes first ribn newsletter

(JUNE, 2016) LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY PUBLISHES FIRST RIBN NEWSLETTER.  THE NEWSLETTER INCLUDES NEW ENROLLEES, ENCOURAGING QUOTES TO STUDENTS AND MORE.  LR PLANS TO PUBLISH THE NEWSLETTER QUARTERLY.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWSLETTER

WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY CONGRATULATES THIRD COHORT OF RIBN GRADUATES

(MAY, 2016) WCU CONGRATULATES THE THIRD COHORT OF RIBN GRADUATES AND HIGHLIGHTS THE HONOR GRADUATES*.  PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: REBEKAH MCNAIR*CHRIS WOOD, MEGAN SALES*, ANGEL COFFEY*, MELISSA WESTLYNNEA SKIMAN* AND EVAN LEMASTER*.  ALSO PICTURED  LEIGH ANGEL, MSN RN CNML,RIBN PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.

 

LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY CONGRATULATES FIRST COHORT OF RIBN GRADUATES

(May, 2016) LRU CONGRATULATES THE FIRST COHORT OF RIBN GRADUATES.  PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT:  CHRISTINA MCKINNEY, MELISSA SIGMON, BRITTNY MIELKE, SUSAN WOOD, ALLYSON SESTRIC, BRIDGETT PUNCH AND RACHEL GROSE.  NOT PICTURED: GABRIEL CRIDER.

 

EASTERN RIBN FEATURED IN DAILY REFLECTOR

Daily Reflector (May, 2016) “Research relates improved patient outcomes with nurses who have the four-year baccalaureate degree or higher,” explained East Carolina University College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown. Click here to read the full article.

2016 RURAL RIBN STUDENT AWARD recipients

CONGRATULATIONS TO MORGAN BOWMAN AND KARINA NUNEZ, BOTH FROM HICKORY RIBN COLLABORATIVE, ON RECEIVING THE 2016 RURAL RIBN STUDENT AWARD.

(Lenoir, NC May 9, 2016 & Statesville, NC May 11, 2016) The Rural RIBN student award, sponsored by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, was designed to recognize two exceptional RIBN students from Tier 1 and/or Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and support the economic burden of completing year 4 of the RIBN pathway.  Two Year 3 RIBN ADN graduates were recognized at their respective community college pinning ceremonies with a $2,500 Rural RIBN Student Award.  In keeping with the Trust’s mission to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina, students were nominated by their faculty based upon demonstrated evidence of exceptional potential to excel as a professional nurse and/or exceptional ability to succeed through adversity.

During the nomination process, faculty was asked to describe evidence of the students’ exceptional ability to succeed through adversity.  Faculty stated Morgan “doesn’t have internet service, has gone out of her way in travel in order gain access to internet information needed to succeed in this course, has lengthy travel to some clinical sites and is never tardy and never complains.”   Faculty stated Karina “was attempting to balance her home commitments and work life (working full time hours at 2 jobs) with her community college and university demands.  She has many family obligations including assisting her parents with parent-teacher conferences as she is fluent in both English and Spanish and serves as the translator for her parents, and has maintained excellent academic standing throughout the associate degree nursing program.”

In addition to faculty nomination, students were asked to discuss what professional nursing means and what skills/abilities they possess that make them excel as a professional nurse.  Ms. Morgan stated “professional nursing means having competent knowledge, nursing skills, communication skills, and compassion.”  Ms. Nunez stated “professional nursing means making patient care a priority, being accountable for the care that is being given to the patients, providing a high standard of practice, and upholding the nursing reputation.”

On May 9, 2016, Ms. Becky Olson, RN, MS, a member of the Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust Healthcare Division Advisory Council presented the award to Ms. Bowman during the pinning ceremony at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. On May 11, 2016, Mr. Fred Pilkington, also a member of the Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust Healthcare Division Advisory Council, presented the award to Ms. Nunez during the pinning ceremony at Mitchell Community College in Statesville.  After passing the NCLEX exam, Ms. Morgan and Ms. Nunez will complete their studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

                                                       

wnc ribn featured in asheville citizen times

Asheville Citizen Times (May, 2016) Lynnea Skiman, 4th Year RIBN Student, featured in the article entitled "Nursing education sees changes in WNC," states why she chose the RIBN program to pursue the BSN degree. Click here to read the full article.

East carolina university congratulates first cohort of ribn graduates

(May, 2016) ECU created a video in honor of National Nurses' Week to congratulate the first cohort of RIBN graduates, as well as those achieving higher levels of education.  Click here to watch video.

southwestern community college produces its first 3-year nursing grad

Asheville Citizen Times (April, 2016) Danielle Shomper, 3rd Year RIBN Student, is the first student in SCC's 51-year history to complete the nursing curriculum designed to last three years. Read More

 

new hanover regional medical center holds HEALTH CARE POLICY FORUM

(February, 2016) Mary Ellen Bonczek, Senior VP and CNO at NHRMC met with UNC-W 3rd year RIBN students and Cape Fear ADN students to discuss quality in nursing and standards that affect nursing graduates.  Ms. Bonczek also provided students with policies and procedures implemented at NHRMC which enhances the commitment of NHRMC to provide the highest quality of care to their patients.

 

RIBN STUDENT FEATURED IN WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MAGAZINE

Wrightsville Beach NC Magazine  (January, 2016)  featured 4th year RIBN student, Stephen Golf, in an article entitled "From Warrior to Healer" in their January 2016 Edition. Click on the following link to read the entire article and learn more about Stephen's RIBN experience.

RIBN PRESENTED AT ELSEVIER FACULTY DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV (January 3-5, 2016)  Mary Knowlton, DNP, RN, CNE, Accelerated BSN Program Director at Western Carolina University, presented a coaching study poster with 4th year RIBN students at Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, January 3-5, 2015, Las Vegas, NC.  Click on the following links to view the Poster and the Poster Abstract.

WNC RIBN (Isothermal) participates in r-s celebrate central event

The Daily Courier, Rutherfordton, NC (October 14, 2015) talk with Rachel Murray, 2nd Year RIBN Student, and Trisa Hines, Student Success Advocate, about the benefits of the RIBN Program at the Annual R-S Celebrate Central event.  To read more Click Here.

TRIANGLE-TRIAD SECOND RIBN COHORT ORIENTATION

Winston-Salem State University (August 15, 2015) Triangle-Triad, a partnership between Winston-Salem State University, Durham Tech CC, Forsyth Tech CC, Randolph CC, and Wake Tech CC, held their second RIBN student orientation on August 15, 2015 inclusive of .  Students met at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) on August 15th and participated in the RAM walk and Archway Ceremony.  

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2015 RURAL RIBN STUDENT AWARD recipients

Congratulations to Lynnea Skiman, Western RIBN Collaborative, and Susan Wood, Hickory RIBN Collaborative, on receiving the RIBN Rural Student award.

(Stavesville, NC May 13, 2015 & Montreat, NC May 15, 2015)  The Rural RIBN Student award was established in 2015 and sponsored by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. In keeping with the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s mission to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina, the Rural RIBN Student Award is designed to recognize an outstanding RIBN student from a Tier 1 and/or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and support the economic burden of completing year 4 of the RIBN pathway.

                                                       

NC A&T AND THREE COMMUNITY COLLEGES COLLABORATE TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BACCALAUREATE PREPARED NURSES.

Greensboro, NC (June 4, 2015) NC A&T has collaborated with three community colleges, Davidson County Community College, Guilford Technical and Community College, and Vance-Granville Community College, to provide a seamless four-year nursing program of study through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Project.  

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2015 RURAL RIBN STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO LYNNEA SKIMAN, WESTERN RIBN COLLABORATIVE, AND SUSAN WOOD, HICKORY RIBN COLLABORATIVE, ON RECEIVING THE RIBN RURAL STUDENT AWARD.

(Stavesville, NC May 13, 2015 & Montreat, NC May 15, 2015)  The Rural RIBN Student award was established in 2015 and sponsored by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. In keeping with the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s mission to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina, the Rural RIBN Student Award is designed to recognize an outstanding RIBN student from a Tier 1 and/or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and support the economic burden of completing year 4 of the RIBN pathway.

                                                       

Education Agreements in Massachusetts and North Carolina Will Help Nursing Students Earn BSNs

NJNI Scholar Shelby Pitts

RWJF (May 12, 2015) Nurses and nursing students in Massachusetts and North Carolina will have an easier time advancing their education, beginning this fall, thanks to agreements among academic institutions in those states. In March, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education finalized a policy that creates a more streamlined process for registered nurses (RNs) who wish to earn bachelor's degrees in nursing (BSN).  The agreement was approved last year and will be fully implemented this fall. Education officials in North Carolina announced a similar agreement in February that will also take effect this fall. 

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STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES, UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS SIGN UNIFORM ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS FOR RN TO BSN

(February 27, 2015) - Building on the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) already in place between the University of North Carolina system and NC Community Colleges, the UNC Board of Governors and State Board of Community Colleges approved a supplemental articulation agreement that will provide seamless education pathways for students wishing to pursue specialized degrees in nursing.

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THE FOUNDATION FOR NURSING EXCELLENCE RECEIVES GRANT TO STRENGTHEN NORTH CAROLINA'S NURSING WORKFORCE

FFNE Press Release (September 22, 2014) "The Foundation for Nursing Excellence (FFNE) will receive $102,800 ingrant support from the NC AHEC Program over the next two years to continue efforts toincrease the educational preparation of the nursing workforce of North Carolina." 

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TRIANGLE-TRIAD FIRST RIBN COHORT ORIENTATION 

Winston-Salem State University (August 15-16, 2014) Triangle-Triad, a partnership between Winston-Salem State University, Durham Tech CC, Forsyth Tech CC, Randolph CC, and Wake Tech CC, held it's first RIBN student orientation on August 15-16, 2014.To learn more about the students and the orientation proceedings Click Here>

Randolph Community College, part of the Triangle-Triad (TT) RIBN Collaborative, admitted the first cohort of students.  Students met at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) on August 15th for Part I of RIBN-only student orientation hosted by Dr. Kimya Nance, Academic Advisor and Instructor at WSSU. Part II of the orientation was held the following day and students engaged in the full RAMDITION experience. Students were able to participate in the first-ever RAM walk, meet with faculty and other first-year students, as well as get connected to the university as a whole. 

In an effort to explore different cultures and gain valuable insight into varying cultural practices, TT RIBN students participated in the International Cultural Festival held in Raleigh, NC. Students were able to get their "passport" stamped from different regions, sample various dishes in the exciting culinary demonstrations and watch endless dance performances. Students learned a wealth of information that will aid them in their work as nurses and provide more competent care to diverse groups in the future. 

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FFNE WELCOMES NEW STAFF!

(September 2, 2014) The Foundation of Nursing Excellence is excited to announce that Mae Mills has joined  FFNE as the Project Coordinator effective September 2, 2014.  Ms. Mills comes to this role from the Student Success Advocate/Assistant Director of Enrollment Management at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She brings to the project coordinator role a rich knowledge of workforce development and coordination skills from her prior work experience.  Mae replaces Kellie Monacell who is moving to a  finance role at FFNE.  

Please join FFNE in congratulating Mae on her exciting promotion! 

UNCW AND SAMPSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEAM UP TO PREPARE NURSES

Wilmington, NC (August 12, 2014) "UNCW and Sampson Community College have an agreement to provide a seamless four-year curriculum through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses Project (RIBN)." 

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NORTH CAROLINA IS ONE OF NINE STATES SELECTED FOR NEW GRANT TO CONTINUE BUILDING A MORE HIGHLY EDUCATED NURSING WORKFORCE

FFNE Press Release (August 5, 2014) The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that North Carolina has been chosen to receive a $300,000, two-year grant in Phase II of its Academic Progression in Nursing program (APIN).  

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FIRST RIBN STUDENTS GRADUATE!!!

Cullowhee, NC (May 9, 2014) The first RIBN students from the Western North Carolina RIBN Collaborative graduated and were honored with a special ceremony on May 9, 2014.  

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RIBN IS CURRENTLY BEING FEATURED IN RWJF’S SHARING NURSING KNOWLEDG E NEWSLETTER

RWJF (May 16, 2014) The Robert Would Johnson Foundation featured the work of the RIBN Student Success Advocates in the article "Advancing Nurse Education in North Carolina." "For nursing students, the road from the associate’s to the bachelor’s degree can be rocky. But a program in North Carolina is smoothing out that path so more students are able to take it. In doing so, the program is creating a more highly educated—and more highly skilled—nursing workforce that is better able to provide care and promote health in the state."  

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THE RIBN INITIATIVE: A NEW EFFORT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BACCALAUREATE NURSES IN NORTH CAROLINA. (2014)

NC Medical Journal (January 21, 2014) "To meet the increasing demand for a more educated nursing workforce, the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) initiative provides an economically feasible educational pathway between community colleges and universities so that more North Carolina nursing students can achieve a baccalaureate degree at the beginning of their career." 

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A Community College's Perspective on the ribn initiative. (2014)

NC Medical Journal (January 21, 2014) "The RIBN initiative has also prompted a frank discussion of how we can better prepare students in the traditional associate degree in nursing (ADN) program so that they are better positioned to purse further education once they graduate from Beaufort County Community College." 

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THE FOUNDATION FOR NURSING EXCELLENCE RECEIVES GRANT TO STRENGTHEN NORTH CAROLINA’S NURSING WORKFORCE (2012)

FFNE Press Release (Sept. 21, 2012) Focus in North Carolina will be on creating the educational infrastructure to support increasing the proportion of baccalaureate or higher degree nurses to 80 percent by 2025 by providing student support and improving targeted recruitment and retention strategies. 

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REGIONALLY INCREASING BACCALAUREATE-PREPARED NURSES: DEVELOPMENT OF THE RIBN MODEL (2012) 

Journal of Professional Nursing (Nov. - Dec. 2012)  "The nursing shortage remains an acute problem at the national level and significantly endangers the provision of safe and effective health care. One of the most significant problems fueling the nursing shortage in the United States is the lack of faculty to educate the number of qualified individuals applying to nursing programs."

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NEW ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION PROGRAM,  ACADEMIC PROGRESSION IN NURSING , INCLUDES NORTH CAROLINA

RWJF News Release (August 22, 2012) The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced that North Carolina is one of nine states chosen for a two-year, $300,000 grant to advance state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce.  The funding is through a new RWJF program,  Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN). 

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NC FUTURE OF NURSING COALITION NAMED AN ACTION COALITION BY AARP, AARP FOUNDATION AND THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION

WASHINGTON (September 26, 2011) – The NC Future of Nursing Action Coalition has been selected as an Action Coalition by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. This project is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), and sponsored by AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. 

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REGIONALLY INCREASING BACCALAUREATE-PREPARED NURSES IN NORTH CAROLINA: THE RIBN PROJECT. (2011) 

NC Medical Journal (September 23, 2011) "A more highly educated nursing workforce is needed to address the increasingly complex health care needs of our citizens and to expand the pool for future faculty and advanced practice nurses. North Carolina must create new partnerships between community colleges and universities to support seamless progression toward a baccalaureate degree. The RIBN model provides one option to meet this goal." 

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UNC CHARLOTTE, THREE LOCAL COLLEGES TEAMING UP TO TRAIN NURSES (2011)

CHARLOTEE BUSINESS JOURNAL (August 26, 2011 ) – UNC Charlotte will collaborate with three area community colleges to increase the number of nurses receiving four-year degrees here.

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THE FOUNDATION FOR NURSING EXCELLENCE RECEIVES GRANT TO FURTHER EFFORTS AT ADDRESSING NORTH CAROLINA’S NURSING SHORTAGE (2011)

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2011)  The Foundation for Nursing Excellence (FFNE) has received a $1,370,000 grant from The Duke Endowment (TDE) to increase the number of Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates in North Carolina by expanding the RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) project. Over the next three years, more than two-thirds of the award will be shared directly with five different regional RIBN partnerships throughout North Carolina.

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THE FOUNDATION FOR NURSING EXCELLENCE RECEIVES GRANT TO FURTHER EFFORTS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BSN-PREPARED NURSES IN NORTH CAROLINA (2010)

RALEIGH, NC (July 2010) – The Foundation for Nursing Excellence has received a grant from The Duke Endowment to continue their support of the Western North Carolina Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses project over the next two years. Further comments and contact information are in the July News Release.

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The Foundation for Nursing Excellence coordinated the RIBN project from 2008-2016 with financial support from The Duke Endowment, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the NC Area Health Education Centers.