As the American population becomes increasingly diverse, it is essential that the nursing workforce reflect the transformations.

The goal of the Indiana NEEDS Initiative is to improve health equity and build a culture of health by increasing diversity and inclusion in the Indiana nursing workforce.

The initiative will focus on measures to expand under-represented cultural groups across multiple dimensions including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, life experiences, education, sexual orientation/gender preference and other personal characteristics.

14 Indiana nursing education programs are currently involved in the initiative, funded by a Campaign for Action 2019 Innovations Fund Award, with additional support from ICN, Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives (IONE), Indiana AHEC and Orbis Education. Funding for the project is $150,00 through 2021.

Representatives of the 14 participating schools meet monthly, working toward initiative goals.

Project Elements

1. Holistic Admissions Review

Develop education and toolkits for nursing programs using holistic review process

2. Mentoring: See Me, Be Me, Be Yourself

Design and implement mentoring program

3. Funding and Support

For project continuity

 



For more information, or for questions about the Initiative, please contact us at info@ic4n.org or 317-574-1325.