Nurse Recruitment and Retention News: How to Recruit and Retain a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 13th, 2012

Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) Illinois State University received a grant of over $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support developing diversity in the nursing workforce. Diversity is key to increasing nurse recruitment and retention.

The Nursing Workforce Diversity grant provides $370,000 each of three years toward nurse recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in the profession, as well as leadership development throughout the educational spectrum.

Mennonite College of Nursing Dean Janet Krejci said, “This grant will support the infrastructure necessary to ensure that MCN can help to prepare the workforce needed for the future.” The grant will provide scholarships and programming that will positively impact the entire college and MCN’s community partners, including area schools and hospitals.

Currently, nurses from minority backgrounds represent only about 17% of the registered nurse workforce. To prepare for the looming nursing shortage, we must all work to recruit nurses and develop diversity in our profession.

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2 responses to “Nurse Recruitment and Retention News: How to Recruit and Retain a Diverse Nursing Workforce”

  1. Jeremy Coble says:

    Hey, beautiful web page but there is a issue whereby sometimes I am redirected to the main page whenever I look at different webpages in this website.

    • LeAnn Thieman, CSP says:

      Jeremy – Thank you for the heads up! Can you please let me know where you were having issues? Thanks!

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