photo credit: Wallena Gould, EdD, CRNA, FAAN. 

Diversifying the nursing workforce is a promising strategy for improving the quality of health care underserved people receive. According to the National Academy of Medicine’s Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, Black Americans are 60 percent more likely to have diabetes than their white counterparts. Rural residents are more likely to die of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Men at the bottom of the income scale live 15 fewer years on average than men at the top. A more diverse nursing workforce will be better equipped to serve diverse communities and help eliminate these disparities.

Many students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in nursing face social as well as academic barriers that make it difficult to stay in school. By supporting mentoring programs that connect students with additional resources—a key strategy for promoting student success—the Campaign helps to build a more diverse nursing workforce and advance health equity in underserved communities.


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Mentor Trainings

The Diversifying the Nursing Workforce: Mentoring for Student Retention and NCLEX Success trainings were two-day workshops for nursing faculty on mentorship designed to increase diversity in the African American/Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) nursing workforce.

Our mentor-training workshops have reached nursing programs at more than 100 schools, including:

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs)
  • American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) serving institutions

We’ve partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the Indian Health Service, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and several national nursing organizations—alliances that will further our future efforts.

We’ve engaged our network of state affiliates in Diverse Nurse activities. For example,

  • The Campaign’s Maryland Action Coalition inspired three HBCUs to seek federal funding, which is now supporting mentorship for nursing students statewide.
  • The Campaign’s Pennsylvania Action Coalition facilitated a mentoring program for nursing students at Lincoln University, an HBCU. Impressively, 100 percent of mentored students maintained a GPA of 3.6 or higher in their last semester and were on track with their post-graduation goals.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Training

September 2019

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Training

February 11, 2021

AI/AN-serving Institutions Training

September 16, 2021


American Indian/Alaska Native serving institution Mentoring Curriculum for Nursing Faculty

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & American Association of Colleges of Nursing Mentoring Toolkit

Health Equity Toolkit

Literature Scan

Fundraising Toolkit Materials

Participating Schools of Nursing

Action Coalition and
Key Contacts List

Program 2-pager

NCLEX Trainers