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Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh. 2013 Jun 7;10. pii: /j/ijnes.2013.10.issue-1/ijnes-2012-0012/ijnes-2012-0012.xml. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2012-0012.

Inclusive mosaic: promoting diversity in nursing through youth mentorship.

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School of Nursing, York University, HNES 345, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J1P3,Canada. bpilking@yorku.c


In this paper we describe the Inclusive Mosaic project, a community-university partnership in an outer-city community in a large Canadian metropolis aimed at promoting diversity in nursing. The project brought together nursing student mentors with middle school and high school youth from diverse backgrounds in a mentoring program aimed at increasing participants' interest in, and confidence in pursuing, higher education and a career in nursing or other health profession. The concepts of emancipatory education, self-efficacy, and possible selves provided the theoretical foundation. Project processes, activities, and outcomes are described, and a post-hoc evaluation encompassing the project's strengths, challenges, limitations, and successes is presented. Recommendations to inform future research and education are also provided.

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