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Nursing Professor Receives Nearly $900,000 Grant




Professor Jean Swinney from the School of Nursing was awarded a total of $892,559.00 to implement a program called Achieving Diversity: A Comprehensive Approach to Nursing Workforce Diversity Enhancement. Over a three year period the UMass Amherst School of Nursing will implement a multifaceted, collaborative initiative whose overarching goal is to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged nurses employed in the national nursing workforce.

The program will develop and implement an integrated, region-wide series of interventions, with a focus on Springfield and Holyoke, whose principal aims are to: 1) increase the number of ethnic minority and disadvantaged students who choose and successfully prepare for careers in nursing, 2) to enhance the existing structures of support and communication at the college level to increase the percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged students who successfully complete baccalaureate degree nursing programs and pass the NCLEX nursing examination both within our region and throughout the US. The Project will also provide student support in the forms of scholarships and stipends.

This program also includes extensive interventions to interest and support pre-collegiate students in pursuing a nursing education while encouraging ethnic minority Bachelors students to enter the PhD in Nursing program in order to become potential new UMass faculty members.

The Achieving Diversity program address the serious health implications related to the continuing shortage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged nurses in our nation’s nursing workforce.

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