• Press Release

PHILLIPS SCHOOL OF NURSING AWARDED $1.8 MILLION NURSING WORKFORCE DIVERSITY GRANT

  • New York, NY
  • (July 28, 2021)

The Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (PSON) has been awarded more than $1.8 million over four years from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to build on the school’s efforts in recruiting a diverse group of students and further creating an equitable environment. The grant is made possible through the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program, which helps to recruit, support, retain, and graduate nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented in nursing.

This HRSA grant extends and builds on PSON’s previous successful program, Workforce Inclusion in Nursing (WIN), introduced in 2017. WIN scholarships are available to students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (ABSN) along with a monthly stipend. Academic and social support programs also underwritten by the grant are available to all students. The ABSN program is open only to students with a prior bachelor’s degree. It’s a rigorous 15-month program that leaves little time to work while in school. WIN scholars will enjoy significantly reduced financial worries and loan debt.

“Our receipt of this competitive funding further acknowledges and sustains our overall commitment to diversity in an inclusive and equitable environment,” said Todd F. Ambrosia, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FNAP, Dean of the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. 

The WIN program is a comprehensive strategy of financial support and services to improve student outcomes and includes:

  • Recruiting and supporting a diverse faculty 
  • Utilizing a holistic review admissions process
  • Providing scholarships underwriting more than 70 percent of tuition along with monthly stipends
  • Offering group and individual academic and social support programs both remotely and onsite; these include tutoring, a Writing Center, and career development
  • Mentoring by clinical nurses within the Mount Sinai Health System
  • Extending opportunities for employment at Mount Sinai to nursing graduates, both pre-and-post licensure.

The WIN program helps respond to PSON’s larger goal, which is to contribute to the development of a highly skilled, adept, and agile professional nursing workforce that reflects, and is prepared to serve, our region—and our nation’s—diverse communities in order to decrease health disparities and increase health equity.


About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai advances medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 415 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and is top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” among the country’s best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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