Achieving Diversity: A Comprehensive Approach To Nursing Workforce Diversity Enhancement

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308628
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Achieving Diversity: A Comprehensive Approach To Nursing Workforce Diversity Enhancement
Author(s):
Swinney, Jean; Dobal, May T.; Brooks-Harrison, Candida M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Jean Swinney, PhD, RN, jswinney@nursing.umass.edu; May T. Dobal, PhD, MN, BS, AAS; Candida M. Brooks-Harrison, MSW
Abstract:

Session presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This initiative addresses the goal of achieving health equity and better health for underrepresented populations by addressing the link associated with health disparities and workforce diversity by recruiting, mentoring, supporting and graduating a more diverse workforce. Lack of diversity in nursing is well documented.  In addition, when diverse nursing students are recruited from external geographical areas, there is a greater possibility upon graduation they will return to their respective communities to work.

The Achieving Diversity Initiative (ADI) believes that by creating opportunities and providing support for area students, they will be more inclined to choose a career in nursing and remain in their home community. The work of the ADI is based upon reflective practice and the SAFER Model (Swinney & Dobal, 2004) that supports participants socially, academically, financially and economically to promote retention, graduation and entry into the workforce among minority and disadvantaged students. We nurture, support, and monitor progress of participating students. We take personal interest in students and their families in participating schools of nursing, middle and high schools.

The work of the Initiative has resulted in increased awareness in nursing. Students who have participated in a variety of activities and nursing clubs at their own schools have maintained an interest in nursing and successfully embraced nursing in college. Students presently in nursing school participate and mentor students in high school. Community college and University students work together and are actively engaged in mentoring. They also serve as excellent exemplars to the students and future nurses of tomorrow. This presentation will describe the SAFER Model utilized by this initiative, and selected activities implemented, including examples of success and community support.

We will share assessment results and discuss opportunities to enroll and gain admittance into a nursing program based on our experience with the Achieving Diversity Initiative.

Keywords:
Workforce; Disparities; Diversity
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAchieving Diversity: A Comprehensive Approach To Nursing Workforce Diversity Enhancementen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSwinney, Jeanen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDobal, May T.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorBrooks-Harrison, Candida M.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsJean Swinney, PhD, RN, jswinney@nursing.umass.edu; May T. Dobal, PhD, MN, BS, AAS; Candida M. Brooks-Harrison, MSWen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308628-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p>This initiative addresses the goal of achieving health equity and better health for underrepresented populations by addressing the link associated with health disparities and workforce diversity by recruiting, mentoring, supporting and graduating a more diverse workforce. Lack of diversity in nursing is well documented.  In addition, when diverse nursing students are recruited from external geographical areas, there is a greater possibility upon graduation they will return to their respective communities to work. <p>The Achieving Diversity Initiative (ADI) believes that by creating opportunities and providing support for area students, they will be more inclined to choose a career in nursing and remain in their home community. The work of the ADI is based upon reflective practice and the SAFER Model (Swinney & Dobal, 2004) that supports participants socially, academically, financially and economically to promote retention, graduation and entry into the workforce among minority and disadvantaged students. We nurture, support, and monitor progress of participating students. We take personal interest in students and their families in participating schools of nursing, middle and high schools. <p>The work of the Initiative has resulted in increased awareness in nursing. Students who have participated in a variety of activities and nursing clubs at their own schools have maintained an interest in nursing and successfully embraced nursing in college. Students presently in nursing school participate and mentor students in high school. Community college and University students work together and are actively engaged in mentoring. They also serve as excellent exemplars to the students and future nurses of tomorrow. This presentation will describe the SAFER Model utilized by this initiative, and selected activities implemented, including examples of success and community support. <p>We will share assessment results and discuss opportunities to enroll and gain admittance into a nursing program based on our experience with the Achieving Diversity Initiative.en_GB
dc.subjectWorkforceen_GB
dc.subjectDisparitiesen_GB
dc.subjectDiversityen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:33:48Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:33:48Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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