Duke Cultivates Diversity: Creating the Next Generation of Minority Nurse Leaders

Ten undergraduates who are pursuing degrees in disciplines other than nursing at educational institutions across the country arrived at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) for a six-week in-residence experience as Making a Difference in Nursing II (MADIN II) Scholars. MADIN II is a federally-funded nursing workforce diversity program committed to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in nursing.

MADIN II Scholars are working with Duke faculty, advisors, and mentors to explore career options and learn new skills. They are also participating in academic and professional development activities that fortify self-confidence, expand awareness about the scope of nursing practice, and enhance teamwork and leadership abilities.

The objective of the MADIN II summer residence program is to attract high-achieving and high-potential underrepresented minority students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who will enroll in DUSON's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in nursing leadership. DUSON aims to graduate nurse leaders with a special sensitivity and skill set for addressing health disparities through research, practice, education, innovation, and policy.

For more information, contact MADIN II Program Coordinator Julie Cusatis at 919/681-9051 or julie.cusatis@duke.edu.

About DUSONDuke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top 7 graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 700 individuals enrolled for Spring 2011 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.

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