Minority recruitment/retention

Leadership in Style

Rowena Elliott, or "Dr. E" as her students call her, at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Her drive, ambition, and determination have led Rowena Elliott to become the first African American president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association. The strength of her leadership qualities and character has made her a memorable nurse educator and role model for minority nursing students everywhere.

The Nursing Shortage: Exploring the Situation and Solutions

The Nursing Shortage: Exploring the Situation and Solutions

The already fragile health care infrastructure is at risk of becoming completely
handicapped by ineffective recruitment and retention, lack of nurse educators,
and a growing elderly population requiring care.

Northern Exposure

Although many researchers still group them together with American Indians, Alaska Natives are finally emerging as a population with its own identity and unique health care needs.

An Untapped Potential

As America’s population continues to diversify and the RN work force continues to age, innovative programs are reaching out to the next generation of minority nurses

Looking for a Few Good Men

Actually, the nursing profession will need to recruit a lot of good men if it hopes to reduce the nation’s serious RN shortage. Here’s how some nursing organizations are rising to the challenge.

Hispanic Men in Nursing

Five accomplished Hispanic nurses who just happen to be guys talk about the special challenges they face, the unique strengths they bring to the table, and why the nursing profession needs to recruit a lot more people like them.

Minority Nurse Retention in Doctoral Programs: What Works and Why

A review of the nursing literature reveals many proven strategies that have helped nursing schools increase minority doctoral students’ chances of staying the course and completing their degrees.

Majoring in Minority Health

Not so long ago, topics like minority health disparities and serving the needs of diverse patient populations were rarely taught in nursing classrooms. Today, a growing number of nursing schools are not only incorporating minority health into their curricula, they’re building whole degree programs around it.

Hurricane Katrina: Two Years Later

Hurricane Katrina: Two Years Later

Ever since that fateful week in August 2005, nurses and students displaced by the storm have been slowly rebuilding their lives. But for many of these survivors, life will never be quite the same.

The Faculty Fast Track

A severe nursing faculty shortage, plus the need for greater diversity at the front of the classroom, are fueling the growth of master’s-level nurse educator training programs that can help get minority nurses into the teaching pipeline more quickly

Ever Upward

An innovative online college offers as unusual solution to the nursing shortage: helping minority medical technicians, LPNs and others move up to RN careers.

Reach Out, We’ll Be There

From financial aid and mentors to more accessible classrooms, nursing schools are using creative strategies to attract—and keep—minority students

An Exploratory Study of Student Nurses' Perceptions of Gender

An Exploratory Study of Student Nurses'  Perceptions of Gender

Though they may be half a world away, nursing schools in India face problems similar to those in the United States when it comes to recruiting men. The results of this research of nursing students in Pondicherry, India, may surprise you.

Looking for Black Nurses Leaders: A Call to Action

Looking for Black Nurses Leaders: A Call to Action

The nurses who authored Advancing the Dream through Faculty Diversity and this article, each reached out to Minority Nurse in search of a place to share their experiences as nurses, as African Americans. From different areas of the country and different professional backgrounds, never knowing one another, they both submitted abstracts that put forth the same beliefs and arguments, grounded in a desire to improve diversity in the workplace as a means to improve the quality of life in the black community.

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Many community college nursing programs have high dropout rates, and retaining students of color can be particularly challenging. Here’s what some schools are doing to help increase their minority students’ chances for success.

Yes You Can (Succeed in Nurse Anesthesia School)

Yes You Can (Succeed in Nurse Anesthesia School)

No one ever said that earning a master's degree in nurse anesthesia is easy, but it doesn't have to be the impossible dream. Five minority anesthesia graduates who have "been there" share their personal strategies for successfully navigating a nurse anesthesia program—and completing it.

Mentoring African American Nursing Students: A Holistic Approach

Mentoring African American Nursing Students: A Holistic Approach

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community of nurturing, empowering nurse mentors to recruit and retain black students in baccalaureate nursing programs.

Mentors to the Max

When it comes to recruiting, developing and retaining American Indian nursing students, mentor programs can make all the difference in the world.


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