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Creating and Sustaining a Diverse Student Community in a School of Nursing

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In response to national and state mandates to increase diversity in the nursing workforce, a small, liberal arts college in Oregon implemented a comprehensive program to recruit and retain students underrepresented in nursing, especially Hispanics. The goals of were to increase enrollment of underrepresented and disadvantaged students, improve student retention and graduation rates, increase student participation in a mentorship program, improve cultural competence in the campus community, and increase the number of graduates working in medically underserved or health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). The program had four parts: institutional catalysts and commitment, relationship building and student connection, individualized academic coaching, and financial aid and scholarship coaching. Sixty-nine prenursing and nursing students participated over 6 years. The retention rate was 96.2%.

En respuesta a mandatos nacionales y estatales para incrementar la diversidad de enfermeros, una universidad de artes liberales en Oregon implemento un programa extenso para reclutar y conservar estudiantes normalmente poco representados en enfermería, particularmente Hispanos. Las metas de Ayudando Podemos eran; incrementar inscripciones de estudiantes poco representados y desventajados; incrementar la proporción de conservación y graduación; incrementar participación en programas de mentores; mejoramiento de comprensión cultural en la universidad, e incrementar el numero de licenciados trabajando en áreas de baja representación de profesionales médicos. El programa fue compuesto de cuatro instrumentos: catalizadores institucionales y compromisos; establecer relaciones estudiantiles; asesoramiento académico individualizado; entrenamiento sobre ayuda financiera y becas. Sesenta y nueve estudiantes de enfermería y pre-enfermería participaron durante seis años y la cifra de conservación fue 96.2%.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Oregon Health & Science University, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2013

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