Health Equity Academy Launches Recruitment Effort

The Duke University School of Nursing Health Equity Academy is recruiting its next cohort of students! The Health Equity Academy (HEA) is a federally-funded nursing workforce diversity project committed to the development of minority nurse leaders with an understanding of and commitment to addressing the relationship between social determinants of health, health access, health disparities and health equity.

"The students who are selected for this program are certainly academically strong," said Brigit M. Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN, Assistant Professor and HEA Director. "In addition, we are looking to find those high achieving students who are resilient and have vision.  HEA Scholars are role-models who will become the next generation of nursing leaders."

The intensive six-week summer immersion experience cultivates an enhanced understanding of nursing, the issues currently facing the profession and the underlying determinants of health and health inequalities within communities.

"As an HEA Scholar, I have been challenged to stretch beyond my known potential in order to become a future nurse leader," said Courtney A. Ramsey HEA Scholar - 2014 Cohort and Duke University ABSN Student. "There has been abundant support and resources available to ensure my academic excellence."

As part of the HEA, the Pre-entry Immersion in Nursing (PIN) is an innovative academic and socialization experience designed for high-achieving/high-potential minority students from groups underrepresented in nursing who are interested in leadership careers in nursing science, practice, education, administration and entrepreneurship.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member of one of the following groups underrepresented in nursing:
    • American Indian
    • African American
    • Hawaiian/Asian Pacific Islander
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in any major
    • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
    • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Have completed the required pre-requisites for entry into the DUSON ABSN Program prior to the summer pre-entry program (June 6 – July 17, 2015)
    • Have taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the past five years. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants who have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0. Beginning with the Spring 2016 cohort, the GRE is waived if applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or holds an earned master's or higher level degree from a regionally accredited institution.

The application deadline for the next Health Equity Academy cohort is December 1, 2014.

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