The academic coach: A program for nursing student success

Liane Connelly, Lea Kathol, Vicki Peterson Truksa, Jessica Miller, Alison Stover, Ellen L. Otto

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-664
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education


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