Lived Experiences of Racially and Ethnically Underrepresented Minority BSN Students: A Case Study Specifically Exploring Issues Related to Recruitment and Retention

Cynthia Diefenbeck, Barret Michalec, Robbi Alexander

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Abstract

The lived experiences of 12 traditionally aged underrepresented minority BSN students in a predominantly white university were explored using a qualitative, semi-structured, e-questionnaire approach. A multistep analysis procedure of the data identified barriers, including negative interactions with and lack of diversity of faculty and peers, deficiency of cultural competency training, lack of academic and financial support, and negative family behaviors. Identified facilitators include a strong desire to be a nurse, family member in the health care profession, and proximity to home. Novel findings include highly polarized responses regarding interactions with faculty and peers and the drive to be a nurse as a unique aspect of general determination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalNursing Education Perspectives
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Baccalaureate Nursing Program
  • Diversity
  • Minority Students
  • Recruitment in Education
  • Retention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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