Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program – This announcement solicits applications for the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program. Program Purpose The NWD program increases nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses by using social determinants to guide the selection of evidence-based approaches that have been successful in retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds in schools of nursing. The program supports projects that provide student stipends or scholarships, stipends for diploma or associate degree nurses to enter a bridge or degree completion program, student scholarships or stipends for accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities. Program Requirements Eligible institutions must identify and describe the root causes of attrition among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The description should include a discussion of the social determinants that inhibit student achievement and success. Applicants must document how an understanding of the social determinants will be used to guide the selection of appropriate evidence-based approaches that have been successful in retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities) in schools of nursing. Next, applicants must propose a feasible plan to apply evidence-based strategies to increase retention of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in schools of nursing student. Successful evidence-based strategies to address student retention should include various combinations of:
- Academic and peer support
- Institutional and community partnerships
- Student financial support.
To accomplish the program goal, applicants are expected to demonstrate that a combination of academic/peer support, mentoring, institutional and community partnerships, and/or student financial support will be effectively used to retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds with low academic achievement who are at risk of failing in schools of nursing. Specifically, applicants must utilize social determinants that affect their target student population’s achievement and success in schools of nursing by: 1. Implementing at least one partnership with an internal (i.e., institutional) and external (i.e., community) organization to improve academic achievement of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, academic enhancement, science and math instructional enrichment, and mentoring, and 2. Identifying and addressing institutional structures within schools of nursing that function as barriers to student achievement and academic success. For this funding opportunity, successful applicants must be well positioned to implement institutional and community partnership models, approaches, and/or strategies that incorporate the social determinants into the design, implementation, and evaluation of student retention programs. Current Closing Date for Applications: November 16, 2015.