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Electronic Enhanced Mentorship Program for Minority Nursing Students

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions

Academic Initiative

Groups Served
Collegiate

Program Website

Contact Information
Cheru Atraga
catraga@gsu.edu

Address
140 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Building
Kell Hall

Campus
Atlanta

Funding

Institutional Funding (e.g., President's Office, Provost Office, College or Academic Unit, Departmental Funding)

Overview

The purpose of this project is to increase retention of minority nursing students in the School of Nursing through an e-mentoring program that uses mini iPads. The use of technology in mentoring students has shown to enhance retention of academically at-risk students. Faculty are assigned mentees and work with the mentees throughout the students’ matriculation in the School of Nursing.

Benefits

Individualized mentorship
Increased retention of minority students
Increased graduation rates of minority students

Supplemental Materials

Not Applicable

Discipline Focus
Professional

Diversity Group ( Social Identity)
First Generation, Foreign born (e.g., undocumented immigrants, non-citizen of the US), Language use (e.g. bilingualism, bidialectalism), Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status

Race/Ethnic Group
Other, All racial/ethnic minority groups

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
August 2020

Number Served
0-50

Research Components and Activities

Not Applicable

Other: This question is not applicable to the mentoring program. There is no research associated with the program at this time.

Self-efficacy Emphasis

The e-mentoring program individualizes the mentoring experience for students. Motivational interviewing is used to identify students’ goals and to develop plans for success.

Acknowledgement/Affirmation of Identity, Strengths, Needs

The e-mentoring program individualizes the mentoring experience for students. Mentors create an open and honest environment in which students can express themselves. The culture of the program is authenticity. Each mentor assesses students’ strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for success. Identification of goals is facilitated by the mentor to ensure the mentoring relationship is student centered and students are working toward goals they set and embrace for themselves.

Examples of Inclusionary Practices and Activities

Participant Empowerment

Mentoring Components
Not Applicable

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

The mentoring program is student centered. Authenticity is valued and encouraged. Mentors and mentees work collaboratively to help students achieve student identified goals.

Evaluation Methods
Not Applicable

Anticipated Participant Outcomes
Not Applicable

Outcome Milestones

All program participants have been successful in coursework.
Senior students have graduated on time according to their academic program plan.

Key Performance Indicators

Student retention rates
Student graduation rates
Student pass rate of professional licensing exams

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
August 2020

Number Served
0-50

Research Components and Activities

Not Applicable

Other: This question is not applicable to the mentoring program. There is no research associated with the program at this time.

Please describe how your program addresses self-efficacy (one's beliefs in their own ability to execute behaviors necessary to perform) in its participants?

The e-mentoring program individualizes the mentoring experience for students. Motivational interviewing is used to identify students’ goals and to develop plans for success.

How does your program acknowledge or affirm individuals’ different identities, strengths, or needs?

The e-mentoring program individualizes the mentoring experience for students. Mentors create an open and honest environment in which students can express themselves. The culture of the program is authenticity. Each mentor assesses students’ strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for success. Identification of goals is facilitated by the mentor to ensure the mentoring relationship is student centered and students are working toward goals they set and embrace for themselves.

Inclusionary practices/activities utilized in your program:

Participant Empowerment

Mentoring Components
Not Applicable

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

The mentoring program is student centered. Authenticity is valued and encouraged. Mentors and mentees work collaboratively to help students achieve student identified goals.

Evaluation methods are used to substantiate the program’s outcomes:

Not Applicable

Anticipated participant outcomes for your program:

Not Applicable