ERIC Number: ED337216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Promoting Career Opportunities in Nursing to the Minority and Male Population of Galveston.
Garcia, Viola Ruth
In 1991, a project was undertaken to increase the number of minority and male students entering and completing the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Galveston College (GC) in Texas. The goal of the project was achieved in three interrelated phases. The initial phase focused on establishing an outreach program within the community. The second phase provided a nurse camp for the prospective students to get acquainted with each other, as well as with student nurses, the project director, and the project counselor. The third phase created a registered nurse (RN) mentor program for the participants in the project. The outreach phase emphasized the involvement of presently enrolled ADN students as student mentors. The student mentors searched the community for and brought to the nurse camps those individuals who met the criteria for inclusion as participants in the project. The nurse camps and RN mentor phases overlapped and were attended by the participants, student nurse mentors, and RN mentors. Project events were scheduled throughout the year, including luncheons, visits to a nurse laboratory session, and attendance at a student nurse association meeting. The activities provided a realistic view of nursing school, fostered group support, and exposed the prospective students to resources that would enable them to enter and successfully complete the nursing program. The outreach phase of the project resulted in 31 prospective students attending the first activity, 17 of whom ultimately enrolled either in the nursing program or in courses preparing them for enrollment in the program. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Galveston Coll., TX.