NCIN in Flint, MI
NCIN in Flint, MI
The purpose of this NCIN in Flint Michigan project is to increase the number of nurses and the level of diversity in the nursing workforce in Flint and the surrounding area by providing scholarship, mentorship, and leadership development activities to underrepresented/economically disadvantaged ABSN students. The objectives of this project are (1) to recruit underrepresented/economically disadvantaged prospective students from the UM-Flint campus (senior students in undergraduate programs other than nursing) and community (African American churches, the office of UAW Local 598, a union representing over 2,700 employees at the General Motors Vehicle Manufacturing Flint Assembly plant); (2) to provide scholarships to alleviate the financial burdens that prevent or delay underrepresented/economically disadvantaged students from completing their ABSN degree; and (3) to provide mentorship and leadership development activities that will enable underrepresented/economically disadvantaged ABSN students to successfully complete their ABSN degree. We plan to expand the capacity of the ABSN program from 32 admits to 40 admits per year. We will be able to admit 30 qualified, underrepresented/economically disadvantaged ABSN students in Fall 2012. Therefore, we are requesting 20 scholarships to be awarded to the underrepresented/economically disadvantaged students who have been accepted into the UM-Flint ABSN program. The NCIN in Flint Michigan team will develop mentorship and leadership development activities based on three publications/toolkits developed by the RWJF New Careers in Nursing program. We foresee that the recruitment efforts at African American churches and UAW Local 598 will be sustained beyond the term of this grant. These networks have not been fully established yet. The Department of Nursing will continue partnering with the Office of Admission and Academic Advising and Career Center on planning and delivering recruitment events.