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Diversity in Nursing

Friday, July 15, 2016

In order to broaden workforce diversity in health care, the RMU School of Nursing and Health Sciences has received a federal grant for $339,461 to test a program aimed at boosting retention of nursing students who come from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds.

Ten sophomore nursing students will be selected this summer to participate in the Positive Reinforcement to Increase Motivation through Educational Support (PRIMES) program. In addition to one-year scholarships of up to $5,000 and a $400 monthly stipend, students will receive individual coaching, tutoring, and mentoring from nursing faculty, staff, and students. Two new simulation scenarios will be designed for sophomore-year classes as part of the PRIMES program, and new e- learning modules will be developed to assist students.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences will hire a full-time coordinator to oversee the PRIMES program, which will be under the direction of nursing professor Carl Ross. The program will involve extensive data collection and research, and findings will be submitted for publication in scholarly journals and shared in presentations and at a one-day workshop next summer for faculty at RMU and other institutions.

The program is funded through a one-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency promotes improving health and achieving health equity for those who are geographically isolated or economically or medically vulnerable.