Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
The school held a faculty retreat to discuss cultural competency skills and how best to support students from culturally diverse backgrounds. New faculty members were assigned a teaching mentor to enhance their effectiveness.
Round 1: 2008-2009
Round 6: 2013-2014
NCIN scholars indicated a need for a more diverse faculty. Based on these comments, the college of nursing recruited faculty at national meetings of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Hispanic Nurses Association, and the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association. In three years, full-time minority faculty increased from 12 percent to 22 percent. The strategies adopted due to the NCIN grant provided faculty with tools to assist students. A retention program, the ‘Heart-Math’ curriculum, is now used to teach students resilience, improve testing skills, and enhance clinical decision-making and performance so nurses are better able to provide safe, compassionate, patient-centered care. Florida Atlantic leveraged its NCIN grant for additional funding, which will support the progression of NCIN scholars into a graduate program.