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New NASN School Nurse Podcast: Addressing Health Equity, Introducing Students to a Career in Nursing

By NASN Inc posted 01-12-2023 13:07

NASN School Nurse Editor, Cynthia Galemore, interviews authors Alexandra Randolph, Beth Mattey, and Richele Lawson about the article, "Moving Upstream to Address Health Inequity: A Middle School Program to Introduce Students to a Career in Nursing."

Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below and listening to the podcast.

To promote health equity and address an increasing need for nurses, educational pathways and mentorship programs for students who want to pursue a nursing career should be considered during the earlier stages of secondary education. Several school nurses in the Brandywine School District in Delaware piloted a program to introduce middle school students to a career in nursing. Recognizing the racial, ethnic, and gender disparity in the nursing workforce, nurses sought out Black/African-American, Hispanic, and male students, populations who are underrepresented in nursing. Nurses informed students about a career in nursing and offered information on pathways to pursue an education in nursing. The program is intended to give a realistic perspective on the duties of nurses and to provide a level of educational and collaborative support from parents and faculty to assist students to transition into postsecondary nursing education programs. The current nursing shortage is a multifaceted issue creating an extreme need for nurses, particularly baccalaureate-prepared nurses who provide culturally competent and safe patient care. The BSD Lifesavers program aims to create programs and policies to promote a more diverse nursing workforce that will provide equitable health care for all communities.