Nursing schools looking to increase the diversity of their faculty have a great new tool at their disposal. They can find certified minority nurse educators in a flash using the Minority Nurse Educator database, a free service provided by the School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey.
"Many nursing schools throughout the country have worked successfully to increase the diversity of their student populations, but there remains a shortage of minority nursing faculty to serve as role models for students," says Dr. Susan M. O'Brien, the dean of the nursing school. The 52 men and women listed in the database all completed an online minority nurse educator program, which consists of 20 weeks of distance learning and a 12-week online teaching mentorship.
Database users can pick and choose according to their needs. They can narrow their search by gender, areas of expertise, ethnicity, and highest degree earned, among other criteria. The candidate then appears as an anonymous listing until the interview and hiring process goes into full swing.