This project will build on the work of the previous round of RWJF State Implementation Program funding to increase the number and diversity of nursing PhDs by transitioning both state programs to an all online format, with assistance of an instructional design consultant.
The project will also address increasing diversity within highly educated nurses through a broad educational and recruitment effort directed toward nurses in the education pipeline as well as to minority nursing organizations. Eligibility for grant-funded programs in support of this goal will include individuals who are members of any group that has been historically underrepresented in the nursing workforce in general, or at least at the BSN-level or higher, e.g. individuals from ethnic, racial or immigrant historically underrepresented, as well as first-generation college students, residents of rural communities, and men.
The project also include a plan to evaluate data from three employers and nursing licensure to create and disseminate a report on nursing supply and demand.