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Eight Graduate Nursing Students Selected to Receive The California Endowment-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
Date:9/18/2007

." This cohort of scholarship recipients is a very impressive group with all students pursuing the PhD in nursing. In terms of racial background, four scholarship winners are Asian, two are African American, one is Hispanic, and one is Pacific Islander and Hispanic.

For a brief profile of each scholarship winner, visit AACN's Web page at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/CAEwinners9-07.htm.

Why Diversify the Nurse Faculty Population?

The need to enhance diversity within the nursing student population is paralleled by the need to recruit more faculty from minority populations. Though nearly a quarter of all baccalaureate and graduate nursing students in the U.S. are members of underrepresented racial or ethnic minority groups, only 10.5% of faculty teaching in these programs are from minority backgrounds based on the latest AACN data. In California, the state with the most acute shortage of registered nurses in the nation, schools boast the most diverse nursing student body in the country with 51.5% of entry-level baccalaureate students coming from underrepresented groups. Still, only 15.4% of the nursing faculty in California are members of a minority population. All nursing organizations, the federal Division of Nursing, the Institute of Medicine, nursing philanthropies, and other stakeholders agree that recruiting under-represented groups into the health professions is a national priority.

"Diversifying the faculty is key to ensuring a more balanced representation from groups largely missing in academic nursing," added Dr. Lancaster. "Nursing is in dire need of more leaders and educators from minority backgrounds to support students seeking mentors to encourage and enrich their learning." Nursing's leadership also recognizes the strong connection between a diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide culturally competent patient care.

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