Improving College Retention Among Minority Students Pursuing Healthcare Careers

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Aicha Sankara Margan Harris Nami Lee Karen Bankstons


By Aicha Sankara, Nursing; Margan Harris, nursing; Nami Lee, nursing

Advisor: Karen Bankstons

Presentation ID: PM_A34

Abstract: It was found in a 2014 survey that less than 30% of registered nurses identified as a minority. With nurses being the frontline of healthcare, it is extremely important that minority candidates pursue these positions not only to provide diversity to healthcare but also to serve as community leaders. Our research aims to examine the success of minority high school scholars regarding their participation in college preparedness programs that impact their ability to perform in competitive healthcare-driven program. It is important that a diverse and culturally competent health workforce is built to improve community outcomes in the community with such a clear socio-cultural divide in health. The primary intervention to increase health career awareness and college readiness for disadvantaged students. Intended outcomes are to increase college readiness and increase percentage of students who are minorities pursuing education paths and careers in healthcare. We have interviewed and provided education on the importance of implementing ways to improve diversity such as college preparedness. Our target audience is high school as well as college faculty. The interventions that were used measure the effectiveness of the education provided were post tests as well as interview questions. We found that the high school and college faculty were more aware of the importance of diversity in healthcare and were more motivated to take action.

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