(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.
(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 WEST, LYNNEA SKIMAN* AND EVAN LEMASTER*. ALSO PICTURED LEIGH ANGEL, MSN RN CNML,RIBN PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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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(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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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!
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)."
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).
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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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."
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."
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."
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.
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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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).
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.