New Jersey Works to Increase Minority Nursing Workforce

The New Jersey-based Cooperative Nursing Program engaged in a series of academic and social support interventions that sought to increase the retention of minority nursing students and encourage them to pursue advanced degrees.

The Cooperative Nursing Program included the four Union County, N.J. schools of Elizabeth General Medical Center, Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Union County College and Kean University.

Key Results

  • The project team accomplished the following during the grant period:

    • Designed and implemented a number of academic support activities aimed at strengthening study performance in early courses and increasing the minority graduation rate from all programs.
    • Implemented a system called Learning-To-Learn in the early nursing courses, which facilitates note taking and content organization for the students.
    • Provided Educational Biculturalism training to all faculty involved with the Cooperative Nursing Program.
    • Established a MSN program in Clinical Nursing Administration at Kean University to provide continuity with the AD and BSN programs in the other institutions.
    • Provided preliminary data on student outcomes in a book, The Culture of Learning, published by the National League for Nursing Press in 1996.