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CSU School of Nursing seeking more Hispanics

Will host information sessions

The Clayton State University School of Nursing is pushing to increase diversity in the nursing profession, by recruiting more Hispanics, according to John Shiffert, director of university relations.

In 2010, CSU’s School of Nursing was selected to receive a $1,089,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity program grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration –– solely committed to increasing diversity in the nursing field, with a special emphasis on Hispanics, added Shiffert.

CSU’s spokesman said the ultimate goal of the grant is to increase the presence of ethnic groups in nursing through pre-entry preparation, retention of current students enrolled in CSU’s School of Nursing, and cultural competence of students and faculty.

Last year, Shiffert said, the university’s School of Nursing received a $750,409 advance education nursing grant from the Division of Nursing, Health Resources Services Administration.

“The grant [will] support graduate nursing education at Clayton State [and will] run through 2014,” he said.

In addition, Shiffert said, the diversity grant will fund a mentoring program, which will involve the pairing of faculty and students, who will also have opportunities to apply for academic scholarships and stipends, nursing reviews, and paid positions as peer tutors. Also, it will support a significant increase in enrollment in the RN-MSN program, and include strategies to support student retention.

“Faculty and students will be paired, based upon common practice and scholarship interests,” said Project Director Jennell Charles. The associate professor said the grant will create an accelerated program, allowing students to move through the RN-MSN program in just six semesters.

The latest (Into Nursing) Pre-Nursing Information Session will be on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m., until 12:30 p.m., in room UC272, of the James M. Baker University Center.

“Strategies will be discussed, regarding how to successfully prepare yourself for the application process, and how to be successful, once you are admitted to a nursing program,” said Shiffert. Sessions will be conducted during the fall and spring semesters, and are open to high school students, university students, parents, and university faculty members and staff.