photo credit: Wallena Gould, EdD, CRNA, FAAN.
The Diversifying the Nursing Workforce: Mentoring for Student Retention and NCLEX Success trainings were two-day workshops for nursing faculty on mentorship designed to increase diversity in the African American/Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) nursing workforce.
Our mentor-training workshops have reached nursing programs at more than 100 schools, including:
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs)
- American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) serving institutions
We’ve partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the Indian Health Service, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and several national nursing organizations—alliances that will further our future efforts.
We’ve engaged our network of state affiliates in Diverse Nurse activities. For example,
- The Campaign’s Maryland Action Coalition inspired three HBCUs to seek federal funding, which is now supporting mentorship for nursing students statewide.
- The Campaign’s Pennsylvania Action Coalition facilitated a mentoring program for nursing students at Lincoln University, an HBCU. Impressively, 100 percent of mentored students maintained a GPA of 3.6 or higher in their last semester and were on track with their post-graduation goals.
The learning collaboratives meets virtually each month and includes representatives from the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing programs and their associated Action Coalitions. These meetings allow the Campaign and a stakeholder in this work, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, to offer technical assistance, peer-to-peer engagement and coaching on how best to implement mentoring programs to help improve retention and graduation rates for minority nursing students and increase first-time pass rates on the NCLEX.
To help nursing programs establish or strengthen mentoring programs and other supports that help students succeed, the Campaign:
- Develops and shares resources and connects schools through learning collaboratives to encourage them to learn from one another.
- Connects schools with government, association, and philanthropic partners that can provide financial or technical assistance.
- Convenes meetings to strengthen these partnerships, and engages faculty and administrators in efforts to support student success.
- Explores strategies for helping students meet their transportation, childcare, and other social needs.
HBCU Learning Collaborative
Second Tuesday of the month,
1 – 2 p.m. ET
Hispanic-Serving Institutions Learning Collaborative
Fourth Wednesday of the month,
3 – 4 p.m. ET
AI/AN-serving Institutions Learning Collaborative
Info coming soon
Joint Mentor Training Learning Collaborative
Video: What Every Mentors Needs to Know
American Indian/Alaska Native serving institution Mentoring Curriculum for Nursing Faculty
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & American Association of Colleges of Nursing Mentoring Toolkit
Health Equity Toolkit
Fundraising Toolkit Materials
Participating Schools of Nursing
Action Coalition and
Key Contacts List