A closer look at the Latino BSN student
While the population of the United States has become more diverse, almost 90% of the nursing workforce continues to be made up of White, non-Hispanics. The Comprehensive Support for Disadvantaged Students (CSDS) program offered to educationally or economically disadvantaged Bachelors of Science Nursing students. The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing (SON) addresses the need to diversify the nursing workforce through the retention of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities. Methods: Retention strategies include: (1) social work interventions; (2) academic enrichment programs; (3) financial stipends; (4) group workshops to address the academic needs of at-risk Latino students; (5) faculty mentoring; and (6) support groups for English Language Learners. Results: Eight of the nine Latino students have been retained since the inception of the project in July 2009. Implications: A program that addresses the academic, social and financial needs of students can be successful in contributing to an increase Latino nurses.?