ERIC Number: ED411105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Nursing...A Tradition of Caring. Quentin N. Burdick Indians into Nursing Program.
North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Coll. of Nursing.
American Indians are underrepresented in the nursing profession. In fall 1990, the University of North Dakota (UND) College of Nursing received funding to increase the number of nurses providing health care to Indian people. In 1992, Recruitment/Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) became one of three Quentin N. Burdick Indian Health Programs at UND. RAIN aims to recruit American Indians into UND baccalaureate and master's nursing programs and to provide services to American Indian students to foster self-confidence and success. To further these goals, the program recruited American Indian staff members, established support networks within the university, and planned activities to increase awareness of Indian culture among faculty and students. Indian community support and involvement included an Indian advisory board, direct communication with tribes in the target area, recruitment activities on reservations, and other activities. The program's conceptual framework is based on Tinto's model of retention, which argues that retention is more a function of institutional experience than pre entry attributes and that students' academic and social integration are essential to retention. Since the inception of the RAIN program, American Indian admission and graduation rates for the UND College of Nursing have increased steadily. This document also describes mentoring, nonacademic retention strategies, multicultural activities, application procedures, various tracks and certifications within the nursing program, and student financial aid. Include photographs. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indian Health Service (PHS/HSA), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Coll. of Nursing.