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University of Michigan-Flint Initiatives for Nursing Diversity (UM-FIND)Advocacy for Diversity: Enhancing the interest and preparation of under-represented high school students into a BSN program

PI: Linda Knecht; Co-PI: Dr. Margaret Andrews

Project Director: W. KaNeeshaAllen; Pre-College Program Coordinator: Delma Thomas-Jackson; BSN Case Manager: JeneenHinkle; Administrative Assistant: Annette Patterson; Nursing Advisor: Vickie Jaskiewicz


To engage the interest of disadvantaged high school students (including ethnic minorities) indicating nursing as a career interest and provide academic, social, financial, and enrichment services to enhance their potential for success in the UM-Flint’s nursing program.

UM-FIND activities funded by the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Workforce Diversity Program. Grant # D19HP22225

Strategies academic year programming
Strategies: Academic Year Programming

  • Future Nurses Clubs: 6 weeks after school program

    • Hands-on activities related to nursing as a career

    • Academic enrichment and supplemental support

    • Cultural competency and diversity awareness workshops

    • Sessions designed for college and BSN program preparation

    • Field trips: hospital and campus tours

Strategies academic year programming1
Strategies: Academic Year Programming

  • In-Class health promotion activities: 10 week program in partner high schools

    • UM-Flint BSN students work with teachers in high school health classes

    • Presentations and hands-on activities

    • Consistent with Healthy People 2020

Strategies summer programming
Strategies: Summer Programming

  • Future Nurses Institute: 6 weeks

    • Courses include; Fundamentals of Nursing, Reading Comprehension, Math, Biology, Health Promotion/Physical Education and Character & Cultural Development

Strategies summer programming1
Strategies: Summer Programming

  • Future Nurses Institute: 6 weeks

    • Field trips with emphasis on physical education

    • Local area hospital educational tours

    • CPR Certification

Strategies academic year or summer programming
Strategies: Academic year or Summer programming

  • Nursing/Health Career Fair

    • Emphasizes importance of health promotion, disease prevention, and nursing career preparation

    • Community health partners

    • Alumni

    • Demonstrations, activities, and information

    • High school students and parents per academic year


  • Students expressed high level of interest in program participation

  • 20% mean increase in math scores for students completing the FNI summer program

  • Program staff & university students as role models for high school students

  • Building of academic pipeline high school to college

  • Innovative collaboration initiative with UM-Flint Outreach Department


  • Challenges with urban high schools curricula & staff that inhibits students overall college preparation

  • Economic and educational barriers to accessing higher education for disadvantaged/minority students

  • Personal challenges for disadvantaged/minority students inhibiting consistent participation in programming

Lessons learned
Lessons Learned

  • Further collaboration with high school partners to assist with overall college preparation and readiness

  • Developing more efficient strategies for parental involvement

  • Focusing program implementation efforts in partner high schools with most supportive staff and faculty