distributing literature and pictures related to the history of African Americans in nursing; and
collaborating with other community agencies to include nursing education and career options in their educational and jobs programs.
Outcomes cited by Dr. Roberts include the following:
Nursing careers and educational pathways are now formally included in job-related programs implemented by the Presbyterian Community Center (PCC). For example, over the past 2 years, PCC has selected 50 community residents into the Changemaker program, which targets 19- to 25-year-olds to engage them in self-discovery, goal setting, and progress toward career goals, with the condition of giving back to the community. Each year about four to six Changemakers examine health careers in depth. HNC included nursing and health careers in the proposal that funded this pathway and provides supervised clinical experiences, mentoring, part-time job opportunities where possible, and education about nursing.
Arrangements have been made to connect interested residents with entry into a medical assistant program that provides articulation to associate’s degree education and then mentoring to advance to the bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) and further, in addition to baccalaureate programs.
The University of Louisville School of Nursing hosts a recruitment booth at the Annual Health Fair at HNC.
Community health students and faculty now provide education at the community middle school regarding careers in nursing.
Based on HNC’s feedback to the School of Nursing, criteria for selection of students into the RN–BSN program are under scrutiy. Last year no African American student was accepted. One of HNC’s mentorees missed selection by only a few points. Dialogue with faculty led to an examination of policies that resulted in the omission of minority students.
Literally hundreds of undergraduate and graduate nursing students (from several academic institutions) have supervised learning experiences in the community. These include at least 10 undergraduate community health nursing students each semester, a class of 30 graduate nursing students enrolled in a health promotion class each year, and 2 or more NP students based in the clinic each semester. About 5 NP and 10 undergraduate students participate in a Back to School event each fall where Harambee offers school physicals and immunizations for underserved middle school students. Each year 2 to 4 graduate nursing students serve as research or program assistants and/or researchers, and nursing students in the PhD program engage in research-related projects.