Recruitment and retention of Alaska natives into nursing: elements enabling educational success.

Journal of cultural diversity 01/2012; 19(3):72-8.
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT In response to the underrepresentation of Alaska Native/American Indian nurses, nursing programs have implemented recruitment and retention efforts to support undergraduate Alaska Native/American Indian nursing students. The objective of this project was to provide graduates from the Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing (RRANN) program the opportunity to identify program elements important to achieving academic success, levels of satisfaction, and make recommendations for future program direction. Findings suggest RRANN graduates viewed the program as vital to academic success. Recommendations include utilizing former graduates in recruitment and retention efforts, as mentors, and extending the program to benefit graduate students.