This project builds on RWJF SIP 1 to advocate for academic progression by launching a statewide media campaign and through various strategies. The applicant anticipates increasing BSN completion by 18% with a 5% increase in minority participation. To further support diversity goals, outcomes include a 10% increase in AD nursing program graduates with a statewide retention plan (AD students offer a greater degree of racial and ethnic diversity in this state).
To enhance leadership readiness for nurses in Wisconsin, the education proposal includes education preparation of nurses for board service, including 4 board services, 2 philanthropy trainings, and mentorship for board service, each with diversity metrics. To advance interprofessional collaboration and community-based approaches to care, the project will seek to create a 7-10 member coalition of like-minded organizations. Apart from the coalition-building work, the applicant will provide minimum educational programs and one statewide conference, each targeting traditionally underrepresented groups.
The project will pilot and evaluate the use of new diversity assessment tool in 3 settings: education, health care employer and non-health care employer. As a separate initiative, the project will institute a “Chapter Challenge” to build out membership of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing, thereby doubling the number American Men in Nursing chapters in WI.