Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Kaija Freborg


Healthcare organizations are experiencing increased ethnic diversity within the communities they serve, yet are not reflecting this diversity in the professional nursing workforce. Increasing diversity within nursing can positively impact health disparities, strengthen the organization's relationship with the community, enhance the nursing workforce, and present an important avenue to mitigate nursing workforce shortages. This project offers an innovative retention and recruitment strategy to establish a culturally sensitive career advancement model for Hmong nurses at a large Midwestern teaching hospital. The Hmong nursing perspective influenced design of the project. Engagement of nurse leader mentors grounded in the Hmong culture was a core element in the development of the new model. Dr. Madeleine Leininger's Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality was used as the theoretical framework to support this project. In addition , the paj ntaub, or story cloth, is presented as a symbol to deepen the reader's understanding of the project and the Hmong culture.


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