Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Awarded INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Health Professions Award

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Awarded INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Health Professions Award

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has received the 2018 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education “Excellence in Diversity” Health Professions award for its committed efforts to support and sustain diversity and inclusion through education, programs, and outreach. The award is a national honor recognizing individual health institutions showing outstanding achievement in making diversity a top priority.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded into the strategic plan and overall mission at JHSON. Faculty, students, and staff are provided opportunities for collective cultural exchanges and experiences through encouragement from leadership and the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Efforts to promote respect for differing views and backgrounds are weaved into curriculum development, scholarships, recruitment, partnerships, and strategy.

Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, who was appointed to serve as inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion to further the school’s diversity and its impact on innovation, education, practice, research, and service, tells Newswise.com:

“Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is clearly evident and well integrated into the operations of the school. Our entire community should feel proud and honored to receive the HEED Award because it represents a collective effort and underscores our values and commitment to inclusive excellence for 21st century nursing. As we celebrate the progress we have made, we continue to hold ourselves accountable to continue important work, be open to new ideas, and think forward toward creating a more diverse and inclusive environment in the future.” 

JHSON also focuses on advancing social justice in the community, cultural competence education, and minority awareness celebrations. Currently, 25% of faculty and 37% of students are from racial and ethnic minorities.

To learn more about the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing receiving the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education “Excellence in Diversity” Health Professions award, visit here.

Nurses of the Week: UCLA Nursing Professors Christine Samuel-Nakamura and Mary Rezk-Hanna Pursue Work Inspired by Their Heritage

Nurses of the Week: UCLA Nursing Professors Christine Samuel-Nakamura and Mary Rezk-Hanna Pursue Work Inspired by Their Heritage

Our Nurses of the Week are UCLA School of Nursing professors Christine Samuel-Nakamura and Mary Rezk-Hanna who have both received grants from the UCLA Academic Senate Council on Research to conduct research projects inspired by their heritage. After earning their doctorate degrees at UCLA Nursing, both nurses were welcomed as assistant professors at the university.

Samuel-Nakamura grew up on the Diné (the indigenous name for Navajo) Nation reservation in New Mexico where she was the youngest child in a large family that raised its own livestock and crops. Her experience growing up on the reservation made Samuel-Nakamura aware of the challenges facing her tribe, including poverty and chronic health problems like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She later decided to help address these issues by becoming a nurse.

Samuel-Nakamura earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of New Mexico, then pursued her Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science in Nursing degree at UCLA. She tells Newsroom.UCLA.edu:

“I wanted to be able to work with communities on their health issues and empower people to help themselves…As a researcher, you investigate and explore what you see in clinical practice and develop some type of explanation for it and find a way to address it. Clinical practice informs research which, in turn, informs clinical practice.”

Samuel-Nakamura worked for several years in the clinical setting in the federally run Indian Health Service and in tribal hospital clinics on the Diné reservation in Arizona where community elders appreciated her ability to speak with them in their native tongue. She recently received two one-year grants to re-evaluate environmentally contaminated sites in Los Angeles County (home to the largest urban American Indian population in the United States). One grant comes from the American Indian Studies Center in the UCLA Institute of American Cultures and the second is from the UCLA Academic Senate Council on Research.

Mary Rezk-Hanna found inspiration for her research program growing up in Alexandria, Egypt, where both of her parents worked as physicians. She shadowed them as they treated patients, which influenced her decision to become a nurse. One thing she remembers from growing up in Alexandria is looking down from her apartment balcony and being fascinated by the popular hookah cafes across the street.

Rezk-Hanna’s family moved to the US when she was 13 and she later earned her associate degree in nursing and worked as a registered nurse where she became interested in the physiological effects of smoking in young adults with tobacco-related illnesses. She then obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University, and while pursuing a Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science degree at UCLA, she was selected to conduct a community research project about a local population health concern.

Rezk-Hanna found that two of the largest hookah lounges in LA are within one mile of UCLA and considered a major community health concern. She noticed most customers were young adults, with a large portion of them being females, and decided to conduct a study to assess young adult hookah smokers’ attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs toward their choice of smoking, and to identify predictors of hookah smoking. She found that the majority of subjects believed that hookah smoking is not harmful to one’s health.

Rezk-Hanna tells Newsroom.UCLA.edu, “These data could be used to inform young adults about the dangers of hookah smoking as well as provide evidence to guide policy specific to hookah and other alternative tobacco products and nicotine delivery systems.”

Rezk-Hanna is building on her recent findings by studying other evolving hookah tobacco products and their effects on heart health. She has received three grants to investigate the potential cardiovascular toxicity of electronic hookah use among young adults: one from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, one from the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and one from the UCLA Academic Senate Council on Research.

To learn more about UCLA Nursing professors Christine Samuel-Nakamura and Mary Rezk-Hanna and how their heritage has inspired their research, visit here.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Announces Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Announces Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has announced six Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars who were selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. The program was developed to help address the nationwide faculty shortage while enhancing diversity among nurse educators by offering financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach.

The six new scholars will be joining 60 scholars previously selected for the prestigious honor. The new recipients are all enrolled in PhD or DNP programs and their names include:

  • Lourdes Carhuapoma, University of Virginia
  • Jenna Magallanes, University of Michigan
  • Angelina Nguyen, University of Arizona
  • Safiyyah Okoye, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sangita Pudasainee-Kapri, Rutgers University
  • Armiel Suriaga, Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Ann Cary, Chair of the AACN Board of Directors, tells Newswise.com, “AACN recognizes the strong connection between preparing a culturally diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide quality patient care. We applaud the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for their generous support of our Faculty Scholars program that is opening new doors to careers in academic nursing for some of our best and brightest graduate students.”

To learn more about this year’s AACN/Johnson & Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship recipients, visit here.

New Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt School of Nursing

New Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt School of Nursing

Earlier this fall, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing named Rolanda Johnson, PhD, MSN, as the new assistant dean for diversity and inclusion. Replacing assistant professor Jana Lauderdale in this new position, she is also continuing her roles as assistant dean for academics and associate professor of nursing. Dr. Johnson ensures VUSN continues to foster and provide an environment that is culturally appreciative and inclusive, especially for underrepresented and marginalized groups.

“We’re very fortunate to have Rolanda in this leadership role,” VUSN Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, shared with VUSN Communications. “With her experience in academic enhancement services, as the longtime adviser to the Black Student Nurses Association, and through her research in health promotion for African Americans and in black racial identity, Rolanda will bring expertise and wisdom to the role of VUSN’s assistant dean for diversity and inclusion.”

Dr. Johnson joined the VUSN faculty in 1998, after receiving her PhD in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt. Over her 20 years at Vanderbilt, she has served as director of the Fisk University-Vanderbilt University Nursing Partnership Program, she re-established Vanderbilt’s Black Student Nurses Association, and represented the School of Nursing in campus-wide programs such as the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault, FutureVU Faculty Advisory Committee, and Diversity, Inclusion and Community Committee. Additionally, Dr. Johnson is the founding president of the Nashville Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association.

To learn more about Dr. Rolanda Johnson’s career and vision for diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, check out her Q&A at MinorityNurse.com.

University of Rochester School of Nursing Receives Excellence in Diversity Award

University of Rochester School of Nursing Receives Excellence in Diversity Award

The University of Rochester (UR) School of Nursing has been selected to receive the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the second year in a row.

The UR School of Nursing is one of 11 schools of nursing across the country to be awarded the national honor which recognizes US medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, osteopathic, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The university will be featured in the December 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing and vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center, tells URMC.Rochester.edu, “Our sustained commitment to cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion is reflected – among other ways – in our student body and their soaring graduation rates, putting us at the vanguard among our peers in higher education.”

The UR School of Nursing is comprised of a diverse student body with its most recent class of 66 students in the Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses coming from across the US as well as from Kenya, Guyana, India, Cameroon, England, and South Korea. Thirty percent of those students are from underrepresented groups, and 21 percent are male, more than two times the national average of men in the nursing workforce.

To learn more about the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s diversity initiatives and recent Excellence in Diversity Award, visit here.

Recruiting More Men to Nursing Schools

Recruiting More Men to Nursing Schools

Nursing, like other health care fields, has been predominately female for quite some time. To increase diversity, some schools are taking the initiative to find ways of attracting more men to attend nursing school and become part of the field. One such school is Chamberlain University in Miramar, Florida. Campus President W. Jason Dunne, DNP, MN, RN, CNE, gave us some insight into what they are doing to specifically get more men on campus.

I understand that you’re making strides to attract more male nurses to your campus. Why is this important?

It’s important to attract male nurses to the Chamberlain University Miramar campus, and to nursing in general. I believe diversity of the nursing workforce is a fundamental element of building a solid foundation of our profession that is reflective of the patients and families that we serve through our nursing care and practice. From my perspective, diversity includes not only attracting more male nurses, but also adding cultural and ethnic difference to our profession.

What are you specifically doing to attract men to the field? What are you doing differently? 

Over the last year, Chamberlain University has been working with the American Association of Men in Nursing to build a chapter on the Miramar campus. In recent months, we received approval of our chapter and have been actively planning its launch with recruitment to follow over the next couple months. Having a committee/organization on our campus that advocates and celebrates men in nursing, and diversity in general, will provide a venue where male nursing students can come together from early on in their educational journey and feel supported and mentored as they embark on their careers as registered nurses. As our admission team members meet with prospective students, they discuss the various student committees and organizations that we have on campus. Having a conversation with prospective male students about our Men in Nursing chapter will send a positive message that we embrace and support men entering the nursing profession and are here to provide mentorship through their educational journey and beyond.

Why do you think that men are hesitant to become nurses? What are you doing to counteract these thoughts?

I believe there is still a stigma and stereotype that exists within our society that labels nursing as a woman’s profession. Interestingly, I often hear men in nursing described as male nurses but a female in nursing as a nurse and not female nurse. We need to change our language and how we have a conversation about men as nurses. One of the most powerful things that we can do to counteract this hesitancy is for male nurses to advocate their roles within the profession as well as in our local and national communities. I believe organizations such as the American Association of Men in Nursing can help shift this stereotype and advocate and support a more inclusive view of the nursing profession that is exclusive of gender. In addition, nursing educational institutions have a significant role to play in how we educate the next generation of nurses—we must instill in our new nurses that nurses’ work is not gender specific and encourage and promote the diversity of our profession.

What would you suggest that other colleges/universities do to attract more men to their nursing programs?

One of the most important things that nursing programs can do to attract more men into their nursing programs is to educate their colleagues—including admission advisors, counselors, high school teachers, etc.—about the importance of diversity in the nursing profession. Oftentimes, having colleagues explore their own personal biases about what a nurse is and what a nurse looks like can often be helpful in working through any unintentional bias or stigmas that exist within colleagues who have the all-important roles of supporting a person’s career path into the profession. In general, it is building awareness of the many facets of nursing and the opportunities that exist to support and serve patients and their families.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve encountered while doing this?

Some of the challenges that I have faced personally as well as working with students in the clinical setting relate back to the stereotype and stigmas that people/society hold about men in nursing. For example, I was working with a group of nursing students, and we were scheduled for a clinical experience on a women’s gynecological unit. In my group, there were two male and five female students. Unfortunately, the two male students experienced some prejudice from patients, families, and a select group of nurses on the clinical unit. The widely held belief or theme of the prejudice was that a male nurse should not be taking care of women with gynecological health challenges. Interestingly, all of the gynecologists on the unit were male doctors. One of the most impactful things that you can do is to open the dialogue and have a conversation with the patient, families, and nurses about men in nursing. In this instance, we spoke about the educational experience and training my nursing students had throughout their program, and we spoke about the patients’ hesitations with having a male nurse care for them. In the end, the male nursing students provided care and had developed an excellent rapport with the patients and the families. This was a positive ending, but it took having conversations one person/patient at a time.

What are the greatest rewards?

The greatest reward is that our nursing profession is elevated because our community of nurses reflects the diversity of our local and national communities that they serve.

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