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.
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.
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.
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