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J Transcult Nurs. 2013 Oct;24(4):397-407. doi: 10.1177/1043659613493437. Epub 2013 Jul 8.

A program to enhance recruitment and retention of disadvantaged and ethnically diverse baccalaureate nursing students.

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  • 1Loma Linda University School of Nursing, Loma Linda, CA, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe and evaluate the use of a "Success in Learning: Individualized Pathways Program (SLIPP)" to retain and graduate disadvantaged and ethnically diverse nursing students.

DESIGN:

A summative evaluative design was used with a population of 77 disadvantaged and ethnically diverse students who were accepted into a pre-entrance preparation quarter. The program based on an academic success model, included six pre-entrance classes, academic, social, and financial support, and seven faculty development workshops. Program outcomes were studied using student records, survey results, and interviews.

RESULTS:

Following the pre-entrance quarter, all 77 students were accepted into the baccalaureate nursing program, 90.9% graduated with either a Bachelor in Science (75.3%) or Associate in Science (15.6%), and 98.6% of the graduates passed the state board registered nursing examination.

DISCUSSION:

Outcomes are discussed in light of similar programs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Underprepared disadvantaged and ethnically diverse students can successfully become registered nurses.

IMPLICATIONS:

Educators and recruiters for nursing practice should accept/hire culturally diverse students/nurses to expand the ethnic diversity of the nursing workforce to meet the needs of culturally diverse clients. Research is needed to determine the classes/components and length of the pre-entrance preparation program to successfully enhance success.

KEYWORDS:

American Indians; Asians from developing countries; Black/African Americans; Hispanics/Latinos; academic success model; baccalaureate programs; disadvantaged; ethnic diversity; minority; recruitment; retention; undergraduate nursing education

PMID:
24014490
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