Yewanda Shaw and Thao Pham, nursing students at Gwynedd-Mercy University
and Neumann University, listen to the sound of a human heart during an academic support program for underrepresented students in nursing.
As part of a $960,411 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Neumann University hosted a summer program to provide academic support for underrepresented students in undergraduate nursing programs.
The funding is assisting the nursing programs at Neumann University, Immaculata University and Gwynedd Mercy University with Neumann’s Mary Powell, PhD, serving as project director.
The project, entitled C-RESULTS (Coalition for Resourceful Engagement of Students with Useful Learning and Teaching Strategies), assists underrepresented nursing students in several ways. A pre-entry program, before acceptance into the nursing major, includes coaching in language proficiency, communication skills, time management and small group work. Retention strategies emphasize academic support, including study skills, test-taking strategies, and academic advisement.
Faculty development activities encompass educational consultation about cultural diversity and creating an optimal learning environment. In addition, stipends will be available for students to help mitigate their expenses throughout the nursing program.
The goal of the project is to help a total of 60 students achieve academic success and practice professional nursing. Those who complete the process will be invited to serve as peer mentors for future project participants. The funding is spread over three years: 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15.
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