Clayton State University’s School of Nursing (SoN) will be holding its latest IN! (Into Nursing) Pre-Nursing Information Sessions on Monday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Monday session will be held in room B-11 of the Lecture Hall.
The Thursday session will be in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
The purpose of the Into Nursing information sessions is to provide pre-nursing students with important information about resources that are available to help them plan for a career in nursing. Strategies will be discussed regarding how to successfully prepare yourself for the application process and how to be successful once you are admitted to a nursing program.
The informational sessions are conducted during the fall and spring semesters by Clayton State’s Nursing Workforce Diversity grant team and the advisors in the School of Nursing. These informational sessions will be open to high school students, university students, parents and university faculty and staff
In 2010, SoN was selected to receive a $1,089,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration over the next three years.
This grant will also pay for a mentoring program which will involve pairing faculty and students. In addition, students will have opportunities to apply for academic scholarships and stipends, NCLEX board of nursing reviews, and paid positions as peer tutors.
The ultimate goal for this grant is to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce through 1) pre-entry preparation, 2) retention of current students enrolled in the SON and 3) cultural competence of students and faculty. A special emphasis is placed with this grant on the recruitment of Hispanic students.
In 2011, SoN received a $750,409 advanced nursing education grant from the Division of Nursing within Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). The grant, to support graduate nursing education at Clayton State, runs through 2014.
“This grant will support a significant increase in enrollment in the RN-MSN program and includes strategies, such as faculty-student mentoring to support student retention. Faculty and students will be paired based upon common practice and scholarship interests,” says Associate Professor and Project Director Dr. Jennell Charles.
The grant will create an accelerated program, allowing students to move through the RN-MSN program in just six semesters. There will also be strategies to increase service learning opportunities with emphasis on reducing health disparities.