increasing diversity in nursing
To further the legacy of being pioneers in healthcare, FNU turned its attention to recognize the need to increase diversity within the nursing profession, and set out to develop the Diversity Initiative PRIDE project. In 2010, FNU launched the PRIDE (Promoting Recruitment and Retention to Increase Diversity in Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Education) Initiative. The Diversity PRIDE program was established to accomplish the strategic goal of increasing enrollment of underrepresented students. And gladly, we are doing that! Within eight years, FNU's student of color population has grown from 9% to over 21%.
The Diversity PRIDE Program is a work in progress and continues to grow, having started with 20 students to over 350 student PRIDE members and alumni of the program. It is through this growth and progress that Frontier Nursing University has been nationally recognized for preparing nursing students to meet the healthcare demands of an increasingly diverse patient population.
Today, the Diversity PRIDE program continues to enhance it services and resources to bring supportive recruitment and retention activities to all students, in an effort to increase student success and nurse leaderhip.
Each year, FNU’s PRIDE program staff represents the university at over 12 nursing events. At several conferences, the opportunity has been given for FNU's Diversity PRIDE staff and student members to conduct presentations, network with nursing professionals, and exhibiting at conferences to highlight and bring awareness to diversity in nursing.
PRIDE students are given the opportunity to attend conferences as Student Ambassadors or through the Essay Contests hosted each year. Additional benefits include:
- Students learn about health issues impacting underserved and marginalized populations.
- Participate in discussions on minority health to fosters inclusive strategies for change.
- Brings together students, faculty, industry experts and community leaders.
- Students develop nurse leadership skills, and find their voice for nurse advocacy.
- Students engage in professional development and networking activities.
- Students learn effective cross-cultural communication skills interacting with each other.
- Opportunities given to become a Student Ambassador to exhibit and meet prospective students interested in FNU!
conferences & events
- MHC- Minority Health Conference
- KSU- Kentucky State University Career/College Fair
- KYANNA- Black Nurses Leadership & Scholarship Conference
- ACNM- American Association of Nurse Midwives
- AANP- American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- NAHN- National Association of Hispanic Nurses
- NBNA- National Black Nurses Association
- AWHONN- Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
- AAMN- American Assembly for Men in Nursing
- GLMA-Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
- Nursing Summit AABC- American Association of Birthing Centers