The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has teamed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health (OMH) to host mentor training programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions.
The immediate goals of the training are to:
- Improve retention and graduation rates of minority nursing students.
- Increase the graduates’ passage rates of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), required to practice nursing.
This effort is part of the Campaign’s ongoing work to increase diversity in nursing. Achieving a diverse health care workforce—especially in nursing, the largest health care sector—is critical to closing health disparities and improving health equity. Evidence suggests that providers who are members of racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to practice in underserved communities, so a more diverse nursing workforce means more Americans will have better access to care, including culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
Retention and graduation rates of racial and ethnic minority students continue to be a major concern for higher education researchers, policy makers, and practitioners. Because of low rates of completion and the accompanying negative consequences, educators must make efforts to increase persistence and degree completion among ethnic minority students. Mentoring has long been considered a retention and success strategy for students and is related to positive academic outcomes. Watch this webinar to learn about successful mentoring.
photo credit: Wallena Gould, EdD, CRNA, FAAN.