Strategies to Address Individual Level Social Determinants of Health Designed to Cultivate the Next Generation of Minority Nurse Leaders Committed to Health Equity.
In response to the need for increased racial and ethnic diversity in the nursing profession, the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) established the Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment for Leadership Development in Health Equity (Health Equity Academy). The aim of the Health Equity Academy is to improve the diversity of the nursing workforce by expanding nursing education opportunities for underrepresented minority (URM) students who are economically disadvantaged to prepare for, enroll in, and graduate from the DUSON's Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing program. The goal of this program is to cultivate URM nursing graduates with advanced knowledge and leadership skills who can address health disparities and positively influence health care issues currently plaguing underrepresented populations. The article discusses the Health Equity Academy framework, which consists of two unique components: the Pre-entry Immersion in Nursing and the Pathway to Success in Nursing (PSN). These two components are designed to address the nursing student individual level social determinants which could be potential barriers to success as well as provide support in their academic and professional development goals.
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