St. John Fisher University’s Wegmans School of Nursing has received $1.1 million to boost the pipeline of diverse nurses. The school is one of eight grant awardees in the state.
The funds, spread over three years, come from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Diversity Program. It marks the fifth year of funding for the university’s Fisher Improves Nursing through Diversity program, and surpasses $5 million received since 2016.
Tricia Gatlin, dean of the School of Nursing, will serve as the project director of this award.
“This grant will allow us to make deep, sustainable, structural change that’s going to improve the lives of our students, our faculty, and the health outcomes of those in the Rochester area,” Gatlin says. “The School of Nursing has a mission of providing a strong nursing education that addresses the ever-changing health care needs and demands of our communities.”
FIND aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students in the nursing program through the FIND Student program and increase diversity within the nursing school’s faculty, officials say.
Students enrolled in the FIND program each year will receive an annual scholarship and support services. These scholars will work with a student success facilitator within a peer-to-peer tutoring program. A mentoring initiative will help students engage with alumni and Fisher nurses in the field.
Another goal is to create a culturally inclusive and supportive environment where students of all backgrounds can feel a sense of belonging and receive the support that they need to succeed, Fisher officials say.
“With the establishment of the FIND program, our mission will be furthered by creating a culturally inclusive environment for students and faculty of all backgrounds as we work to improve health care outcomes of underrepresented populations,” Gatlin says.