Supporting graduate nursing education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Johis Ortega, Juan M. Gonzalez, Nichole Crenshaw, Kenya Snowden, Lila de Tantillo

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Background: There is a lack of diversity in the master’s prepared nursing workforce. One nursing school implemented a scholarship program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Primary Nurse Practitioner tracks. Method: Awardees were required to be full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial need. Each student was matched with a faculty member for regular mentorship. Student progress was evaluated every three months, with follow-up 1 year after graduation. Results: A total of 45 students received the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) over 2 consecutive years. Of the 45 students, 26 (58%) identified themselves as Hispanic and 11 (24%) as black. A total of 42 (93%) of 45 SDS students completed the original plan of study and passed the national certification board. Conclusion: The SDS serves as a model of an effective mentorship program to assist nurse practitioner students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-290
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education


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