Diversity: A key aspect of 21st century faculty roles as implemented in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program

Linda Thompson Adams, Jacquelyn Campbell, Katie Deming

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Abstract

Background Academic nursing faculty play a vital role in recruiting a diverse student body to increase the diversity of the profession and educate students to provide culturally sensitive care to expand equitable health care. Purpose The purpose of the study is to present the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program diversity initiatives and outcomes. Methods Data on the diversity of the 90 scholars and their diversity-related leadership positions were compiled. Discussion Although the program was designed with selection criteria to encourage racial/ethnic and gender diversity, it was not until a diversity strategic plan was designed and implemented that sufficient diversity in the applicant pool and consistent diversity among the scholars was achieved. The program also included highly evaluated leadership content in diversity and inclusion. Conclusions Lessons learned from the program are important for the assurance of continued diversity among tenure-track nursing faculty, commitment to diversity in the nursing workforce among all faculty, and support in nursing education on providing culturally sensitive nursing care and nursing research that addresses health inequities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-277
Number of pages11
JournalNursing outlook
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2017

Keywords

  • Development
  • Diversity
  • Faculty
  • Health disparities
  • Health inequities
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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