Promoting Diversity in Nursing

Promoting Diversity in Nursing

Scholarship Opportunities

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Baccalaureate Scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid support and access to career-launching support services for students pursuing high-demand STEM and health care majors. Funding can be used for any eligible STEM or health care degree, including nursing, at any eligible public or private college or university in Washington state. To learn more about the Scholarship visit, and apply between January 6 and February 6, 2020.
For Community & Technical College Programs: The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship CTS Scholarship provides up to $1,500 each quarter to fund the pursuit of an eligible associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship at colleges across the state. We accept applications for this program three times per year. Please visit our website for more details

Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)* offers an educational opportunity for first- and second-year college students interested in exploring a career in the health professions. The program’s focus is on increasing the diversity of health professionals. The career tracks include dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health.Download

The Washington Center for Nursing has published two new resources:

A K-12 counselor resource guide for promoting the nursing professionDownload
A toolkit for promoting diversity in nursing education. We interviewed several leaders of higher education institutions in disciplines other than nursing, who have been involved in diversity and inclusion work to gather promising practices that could be implemented in nursing programs statewide.Download

Student Diversity Survey

After collecting input from 295 nursing students at the 2016 Nursing Students of Washington State Convention and online on their experiences with diversity and inclusion in nursing education, the Washington Center for Nursing, with input from a broad stakeholder group, has put fuitment, retention, graduation and leadership development of future diverse students from underrepresented groups.Download SummaryDownload – Full

About WCN’s Diversity Initiative

Increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of nursing students and faculty in Washington is one of the priorities identified in the Implementation Recommendations to the Master Plan for Nursing Education in Washington State.

Our projects include:

  • Disseminate WCN’s Diversity issue briefings (see sidebar) to relevant audiences
  • Implement mentoring programs and state-wide networks for students and nurses from URM communities.
  • Develop strategic alliances with minority nursing organizations