Summer program looking to mold future nurses
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 26, 2014) – Young people interested in nursing are getting a head start this summer at Tuskegee. Students from around the Southeast will have the chance to get some hands-on practice with the School of Nursing and Allied Health. The school’s 2014 Summer Enrichment Program’s first session is underway now and is taking applications for its second session, July 7-25.
Students taking blood pressure.
During the three-week sessions, middle and high school students learn basic nursing and social skills as well as tour the campus and other historic sites. In addition, they have daily classes that reinforce the bedrock of any nursing education- biology, chemistry, English and math. At the end of the session, the students receive a stipend of $250 to $500 for their participation. The first session ends Friday.
After a recent lesson on blood pressure, Cordelia Nnedu, professor of nursing, explained that the program is part of a larger year-round effort to increase the number of minorities in nursing.
“For the whole country, there’s a shortage of RNs,” Nnedu said. “In some specialty areas, they don’t even have minorities.”
In 2013, the Department of Nursing received a Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant for $1,003,014. The funds helped the department engage with local schools. So far, Future Nurses of America Organizations have been established in four area high schools and one middle school. Throughout the school year, the organizations help aspiring nurses with tutoring in English, math and science and provides ACT and SAT workshops.
Nurse Ninke Odenmuyiwa talks about blood pressure.
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