A summer prematriculation program

Bridging the gap for disadvantaged underrepresented minority students interested in a nursing career

Tommie Norris, Mona Wicks, Patricia A. Cowan, Erwin Story Davison

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Background: The nursing and health care workforce needs diverse clinicians who can provide culturally competent and high-quality care to an increasingly diverse U.S. population. Achieving this goal requires creating learning environments that foster the success of disadvantaged underrepresented minority (URM) students seeking nursing careers. Method: This 4-week summer prematriculation program introduced 33 URM individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to nursing as a career through financial support, academic enrichment, and social support to enhance nursing program admission success. Federal guidelines were used to establish URM and economically disadvantaged status. Results: To date, one third of program participants have been admitted to nursing programs. Conclusion: Fundamental reforms in pre-college education systems, such as the evidence-based strategies implemented in our summer prematriculation program, may be needed to achieve a diverse, culturally competent workforce that can help eliminate persistent health and health care disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-475
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume55
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

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minority
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Quality of Health Care
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  • Education

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A summer prematriculation program : Bridging the gap for disadvantaged underrepresented minority students interested in a nursing career. / Norris, Tommie; Wicks, Mona; Cowan, Patricia A.; Davison, Erwin Story.

In: Journal of Nursing Education, Vol. 55, No. 8, 01.08.2016, p. 471-475.

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