Johns Hopkins Nursing Professor Phyllis Sharps Earns Diversity in Nursing Award

Johns Hopkins Nursing Professor Phyllis Sharps Earns Diversity in Nursing Award

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) Professor and Associate Dean for Community Programs and Initiatives Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, was recently awarded the Diversity in Nursing Award from Modern Healthcare. It is one of the 2018 Excellence in Nursing awards in honor of Sharps’ commitment to advancing diversity in nursing.

Sharps tells, “I am humbled to be acknowledged for my contribution to such an important topic within nursing and the world. My career has offered me many opportunities to stand for diversity, and I will continue to advocate for the innovation, inclusivity, and excellence that comes from the power of diverse populations.”

Throughout her career, Sharps has focused on supporting diversity in her work as a researcher, educator, mentor, and clinician. She consults on integrating cultural competency into studies on African-American communities and has published research on workforce diversity, mentorship of African-American nursing students, and ethnic and cultural representation in research.

Sharps leads JHSON’s health improvement efforts in Baltimore and its surrounding communities, directing two nurse-led community health centers, providing care to homeless women exposed to violence, and working with students to promote public health interventions like HIV counseling. Sharps has also been honored for her work in the past with the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Recognition Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education and Research from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty.

To learn more about Phyllis Sharps and her recent Diversity in Nursing Award, visit here.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Receives Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Receives Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant

The Philips School of Nursing (PSON) at Mount Sinai Beth Israel recently received a Nursing Workforce Diversity grant of $800,000 from the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The four-year HRSA grant is intended to help increase access to nursing education for students from diverse backgrounds.

PSON’s new grant will support its Workforce Inclusion in Nursing (WIN) program to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of individuals from diverse backgrounds in the Accelerated Associate of Applied Science program. WIN is the only accelerated associate nursing degree program in the country. Students will receive scholarships and monthly stipends, and the grant will help create new student services including an immersive Summer Boot Camp and mentoring program.

Carleen Graham, MSN, RN, NY-SAFE, Program Coordinator, will serve as program director for WIN, which will follow 21 students from entry to graduation throughout the grant period. She tells

“It is an honor to be given such an amazing opportunity and responsibility. It is not only important to our school; it is important to our future nurses and the communities they will serve. This grant will help to address the shortage of nurses from underrepresented groups in New York City – considered to be one of the most diverse cities in the country. We are extremely excited to begin work on this important initiative”

Graduates of the fifteen-month WIN program will be eligible for Registered Nurse license examination upon graduation and will be offered direct entry into PSON’s accelerated program allowing registered nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Graduates of the WIN program will also receive assistance in securing employment as a registered nurse.

To learn more about Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Philips School of Nursing workforce diversity grant, visit here.

Francis Marion University Receives Grant to Promote Diversity in Nursing

Francis Marion University Receives Grant to Promote Diversity in Nursing

The nursing program at Francis Marion University (FMU) recently received a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) intended to help promote diversity in the field of nursing. FMU will use the four-year grant to support 100 nursing students by providing financial help, assigning graduate mentors to work with undergraduate students, and offering academic support through the Center for Academic Success and Advising.

Roughly 30-40 percent of FMU’s nursing student population is composed of minority groups, but the university hopes to increase that number to 50 percent to better represent the population of students on campus. Dr. Ruth Wittman-Price, dean of the School of Health Sciences, tells, “The whole goal of the grant is to increase workforce diversity. The workforce in any community should mimic the demographics of the community. This will assist us to get that closer in line.”

Students chosen to receive help from the grant were chosen based on a number of factors. Those students have been split into groups of 10 and paired with a graduate student mentor in nursing or psychology. Students will meet with their graduate mentors twice a month in a group setting and mentors will follow their students through all four years of their education.

To learn more about FMU’s new nursing grant and efforts to increase diversity in the field of nursing, visit here.

Cal State Fullerton School of Nursing Awarded $2 Million to Increase Workforce Diversity

Cal State Fullerton School of Nursing Awarded $2 Million to Increase Workforce Diversity

The California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) was recently awarded a $2 million, four-year grant to help further diversity initiatives in the School of Nursing. The award was one of 30 granted this year by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Resources and Services Administration Division of Nursing.

CSUF is seeking to address the social determinants that create challenges for disadvantaged and underrepresented nursing students through the School of Nursing’s new project titled “Enrichment Markers of Better Relationships, Academics and Cultural Enhancement” (EMBRACE). Stephanie Vaughn, professor and director of the School of Nursing, tells

“Ultimately, the grant is going to help us graduate professional nurses who understand cultural variances, exhibit cultural competency and value diversity in the workplace.”

The funding will go toward hiring a learning specialist and counselor for the School of Nursing, a comprehensive review of the admissions process, and cultural competence training for faculty and staff. $600,000 of the funding is also earmarked for student scholarships to be awarded over the next four years. CSUF’s School of Nursing aims to increase the number of underrepresented students, particularly Latinos, across its undergraduate and graduate programs by 20 percent.

To learn more about CSUF’s nursing programs and diversity initiatives, visit here.

University of Alabama Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Increase Number of Latino Nurses

University of Alabama Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Increase Number of Latino Nurses

The University of Alabama (UA) Capstone College of Nursing recently received a $1.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Workforce Diversity Program to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared Latino nurses.

With help from the grant, the university will target and recruit 80 Latino associate degree registered nurses to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through the College of Nursing’s online RN-BSN program as part of the Bama-Latino Project.

Dr. Norma Cuellar, UA professor of nursing, tells the Ledger-Enquirer: “Right now, the RN population is made up of 83 percent white/Caucasian nurses who are caring for a very diverse population. While we teach our students about cultural sensitivity, we know that many times when people are being cared for by someone who is not like them, there is a barrier that may impact health care outcomes. Sometimes it’s communication, sometimes it’s cultural. Both can pose a problem in delivered health care.”

Latinos make up 17.3 percent of the US population, but fewer than 5 percent of US nurses are Latino according to UA News. Latinos aren’t pursuing nursing because many do not receive the academic support they need in junior and high school in addition to financial barriers that keep them from pursuing higher education. UA hopes that once students in the Bama-Latino Project complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing they will continue to pursue masters and doctoral nursing degrees.

To learn more about the Bama-Latino Project, visit here.

Grant Provides Path to Nursing for American Indian Students at Cal State San Marcos

Grant Provides Path to Nursing for American Indian Students at Cal State San Marcos

Five American Indian students are attending the California State University (Cal State) San Marcos School of Nursing through a recently awarded grant called Graduating American Indians into Nursing (GAIN). The grant covers tuition, books, fees, and a stipend of $1,500 per month for each student.

Dr. Deborah Morton, an assistant professor of public health and co-principal investigator on the grant identified the potential students for the program. Dr. Denise Boren, co-principal investigator and director of the Cal State San Marcos School of Nursing will step down from her director role at the end of the academic year to focus on grants and more direct involvement with GAIN students.

Dr. Boren tells “Nurses spend so much time with patients. It’s really important to have nurses who understand the American Indian culture.” This is one of the reasons for the grant, helping provide American Indian students with a path to pursue a nursing degree and improve healthcare for American Indians as these students graduate into the profession. Dr. Morton also commented on the benefits of the grant: “We have a nursing shortage in California and we have more American Indians than any other state. It was a great opportunity for us.”

One of the requirements of the grant is that students spend an equal amount of time working in an Indian Health Service clinic upon graduation as a form of scholarship payback. This means committing three years of their time after graduation, which aligns perfectly with grant goal of helping improve healthcare for American Indians.

To learn more the GAIN grant and the American Indian recipients pursuing nursing degrees at Cal State San Marcos, visit here.

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