As part of their training, OPEN students will work with local clinics serving minority, economically disadvantaged, and vulnerable populations.
Up north, the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst received an $892,559 grant from HHS for a three-year program to draw future nurses from minority and disadvantaged communities.
The school says the grant will help to fully fund a program called Achieving Diversity: A Comprehensive Approach to Nursing Workforce Diversity, which aims to increase the number of ethnic minority and disadvantaged high school students who choose and successfully prepare for careers in nursing.
It also aims increase the percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged students who successfully complete baccalaureate degree nursing programs and pass the National Council Licensure Examination.
Another HHS grant will allow the University of Michigan-Flint Nursing Department to offer 15 Health Resources and Services Administration Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.
Once again, it seems that increasing access to education for nurses has the potential to alleviate a number of ills. Helping to educate minority nurses will not only improve minority representation in nursing, but it will also add to the nursing workforce in general, and maybe even improve patient outcomes, which will help everyone.