Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Kathleen Clark, DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Felicia Washington Sy, LICSW, Ph.D.


Systemic health inequities are rooted in the historical trauma that has targeted communities of color. The lack of diverse nurses is consistent with institutional racism in nursing education. Nursing schools must acknowledge the lack of minority students enrolled in their programs to begin to cultivate an understanding of the embedded institutional bias. Educational systems should incorporate culturally aware concepts within the nursing curriculum to foster a transculturally aware institution. It is important to shift the paradigm in nursing schools to create an inclusive, safe environment, and to ultimately prepare students to care for culturally diverse patients. This project begins with having nurse faculty from two 2-year nursing programs read a fast facts page describing facts about minority student retention and graduation and strategies to help retain minority students in nursing. Two schools, one urban and one rural 2-year nursing school, will read the fast facts page and complete a survey and evaluation tool. This project aims to identify current strategies that two-year nursing schools have implemented to help retain and graduate minority nurses. Anonymous and confidential online surveys will be collected and analyzed for the project. There is a need for more minority nurses to care for communities of color. In addition, more minority nurses may reflect in an increase of minority faculty who will teach future students to provide culturally aware care. This is important as there is a need for more diverse nurses to help close the gap in health inequities.


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