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Anthony J. Jannetti, president and CEO of Pitman-based Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc., has contributed $50,000 to the Rowan University Foundation to establish an endowment to fund scholarships for students in the University’s RN-to-BSN program.
Jannetti’s is the first-ever gift to support that program and the first endowment for any program that is a part of Rowan’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education, home of the RN-to-BSN program.
The A.J. Jannetti/Marriott Nursing Endowment Scholarship Fund — named in part for Marriott International, which contributes to a scholarship fund in Jannetti’s name — will provide financial assistance for one or more nurses a year who need monetary support to complete the program as they seek to advance their careers. Jannetti works closely on scholarship activities with Marriott Vice President and Market General Manager Michael Stengel, who also is a Rowan alumnus.
“We are in the nursing education business. All the work we do focuses on the continuing education of the nursing profession. Because of that and the success of our company, we feel a need to give back. We have donated, during the last 38 years, more than $1.1 million in nursing scholarships. We do this nationally and through affiliations with our clients,” said Jannetti. “We decided we should do something locally. We have about five Rowan alumni in this company, and we expect the Rowan program is going to be outstanding for the nursing profession. We’re excited about it and pleased to start this endowment.”
Founded by Rowan in conjunction with the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) the RN-to-BSN program is designed for registered nurses with an associate’s or diploma degree who want to complete their bachelor’s degree and possibly go further with their education. About 125 nurses are enrolled in the program and attend classes at Virtua healthcare system and Shore Memorial Hospital, and 75 have enrolled in a program starting this fall at Underwood Memorial Hospital.
Another 100 nurses are enrolled in the program and take classes at Rowan, UMDNJ and online. The program focuses primarily on undergraduate studies, offering two graduate-level classes that provide a steppingstone for nurses who want to pursue a master’s degree in their field. Classes held at UMDNJ are geared to graduate, doctoral and second-career nursing students. A part-time offering that can be completed in as little as 20 months (121 credits), the RN-to-BSN program allows students to stay in their professional positions while attending classes.
“This endowment provides wonderful opportunities for nurses working toward their BSN,” said program director Virginia Wilson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, NE-BC, PhDc. “We are grateful to Mr. Jannetti and his organization. We appreciate his generosity and his recognition that nurses completing their BSN better their own careers and also impact the health care of everyone in South Jersey.”
Founded in 1972, Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a full-service association management, marketing and publishing company serving the health care industry and specialty nursing associations. With a staff of more than 70, the firm is accredited as an association management company by the Association Management Company Institute and manages such organizations as the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, American Nephrology Nurses’ Association and Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board. The company also produces nursing journals and publications, such as Dermatology Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Economic$, Nephrology Nursing, Urologic Nursing and MEDSURG Nursing.