Results from a National Survey of Recruitment and Retention Initiatives in the Nursing Workforce
Nursing Outlook (2014)
New Connections scholars are passionate about diversity initiatives for recruitment and retention in nursing programs. This is evident by the work conducted by New Connections scholars J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD (NC 2011) and James Guevara, MD, MPH (NC 2010), network member Thai-Huy Nguyen, PhD, and colleagues. This research, entitled Measuring Success Results from a National Survey of Recruitment and Retention Initiatives in the Nursing Workforce, examined the trends in nursing enrollment and graduation, both with and without diversity pipeline programs. The goals of these pipeline programs include recruitment and enrollment development; certification/degree completion; and/or student support, engagement, and retention efforts.
Drawing from two data sources (the American Association of Colleges and Nursing and the Nursing Workforce Diversity funding list), the researchers surveyed university staff to identify if increasing underrepresented student presence is part of their institution’s mission statement, and if their institution has a pipeline program in place. Twenty percent of the nursing schools reported having a diversity pipeline program. This article outlines particular components of these programs and advocates for their importance.