Background: According to the U.S. Census, 63.7% of the population is Caucasian, whereas 36.3% are minorities. In the United States, 33.1% of RNs are considered ethnic minorities whereas in Nebraska only 6.3% of RNs are minorities. Specific measures are needed to prepare a more diverse nursing workforce. The use of specific supportive methods directed toward educationally disadvantaged and minority nursing students may improve retention. Method: The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing-implemented the Health Resources and Services Administration funded Generation Link to Learn (LTL) to help educationally disadvantaged students to be successful in a baccalaureate nursing degree (BSN) program of study. Results: Students in the LTL program were successful in the BSN program, with 88% (24 of 27) of students graduating. Conclusion: Multiple supports, including robust academic coaching and scholarships, are effective strategies to help educationally disadvantaged nursing students.
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