Ohio State University College of Nursing Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Ohio State University College of Nursing Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Three health sciences colleges at The Ohio State University (OSU) have recently received national recognition for the quality and effectiveness of their diversity and inclusion initiatives. The colleges of medicine, nursing, and veterinary medicine were all recipients of the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine chose to honor the three colleges for their work.

Holly Mendelson, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visited Ohio State in April to tour the colleges and present the awards. When choosing who should be a recipient of the award, Mendelson tells News.OSU.edu:

“We ask about recruitment, retention, students, faculty, tenure, supplier diversity, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans…We really want to be about everything around diversity and inclusion and we want to hear what you’re doing.”

The College of Nursing was specially recognized for its Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing, which brings students from a variety of backgrounds together to engage with real-world nurses, current students, and nursing faculty and staff. The college exposes prospective students to real-world nursing skills using patient simulators in its Technology Learning Complex.

Having three colleges at the university recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity is a testament to the university’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. To learn more about the awards presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity, visit here.

Nurses of the Week: Penn Nursing Grads Fundraise Scholarship for Midwives of Color

Nurses of the Week: Penn Nursing Grads Fundraise Scholarship for Midwives of Color

Our Nurses of the Week are the student nurses of the University of Pennsylvania Nurse-Midwifery program who have created a scholarship for midwives of color. Each class of the program delivers a class gift to their professors prior to graduation like artwork or a charity donation, but the Class of 2017 decided to try something unconventional.

The students reported that their inspiration came from looking around their own classroom and realizing that only two students out of the 21 person class were students of color. Nursing graduate Kateryn Nunez, one of the two students of color in her graduating class, tells TheDP.com, “The point of the scholarship is to address the fact that over 95 percent of midwives in the US are white, whereas the people they care for, the majority are people of color, are poor people, are immigrants, LGBTQ.”

Midwives provide a personalized approach to childbirth for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies. This was originally a common practice among black and immigrant populations but a stigma around home births discouraged people from communities of color from going into the field. As the “natural birth” movement gained popularity in recent decades, it created a racial imbalance in the profession that still exists today.

One of the largest barriers to entry for students of color to become midwives is affordability, which is why the 2017 Penn Nurse-Midwife class decided to create their scholarship. They have raised over $11,000 through grassroots fundraising from friends and family but have a total goal of $125,000. If they reach their goal, Penn will contribute an additional $25,000.

These students hope that their efforts will send a message to other universities about the importance of their scholarship. To learn more about Penn’s Nurse-Midwife program, visit here.

Storytelling, Culture, and Humanness: Finding Common Ground in the Nurse-Patient Relationship

Storytelling, Culture, and Humanness: Finding Common Ground in the Nurse-Patient Relationship

In an effort to find ways to minimize racial and cultural barriers in health care, a study published in the journal Creative Nursing explored the practice of storytelling to create a better understanding between cultures. Storytelling between nurse and patient can create a deeper understanding of transcultural differences and ultimately lead to better patient outcomes.

In her study titled “Diversity, Inclusion, and Storying: Connecting Across Cultures to Give Meaning to Patients’ Whole Health,” Tammy Sinkfield-Morey, DNP, RN, PHN, CCRN, explored the intentional use of storytelling by six nurses in a project called Story Care. The six nurses selected as Story Care representatives were working in a small urban not-for-profit pediatric specialty healthcare facility where they were asked to nurture trust, understanding, and new insights into the nurse-patient relationship. The goals of the project were to:

  • Enhance patient and family satisfaction
  • Enliven nurse–patient interactions to foster a genuine trusting relationship
  • Create engagement that promotes mutuality within the nurse–patient experience
  • Enable an environment that actualizes awareness of self and others
  • Encourage opportunities for recognizing the need to know more


The nurses were asked to keep a brief record of their interactions with patients and their results included an array of emotional and enlightening accounts. Study participants experienced nurse-patient interactions that conveyed appreciation for the nurse’s presence, stories that raised consciousness about biases and prejudice, and stories that discovered more similarities than differences between cultures.

Continued storytelling between nurse and patient offers the promise of consciousness of cultural needs and the opportunity to build more trusting relationships in the health care environment. Knowing stories of inequalities in health care among diverse populations can cultivate consciousness and trust within nurse-patient relationships.

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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 Newswise.com, “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 Newswise.com:

“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 PatriotNewsOnline.com, “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.

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