The Future of Nursing State Implementation Program (SIP) Grant for Arizona
February 1, 2015 – January 31, 2017
Awarded by: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Project Directors: Robin Schaeffer, Adriana Perez
Areas of Focus: Workforce and Diversity

Project Goal: Diversity of RN Workforce

Prepare a diverse RN workforce by providing mentorship opportunities for nursing students from diverse backgrounds to engage in precepted clinical experiences with underserved populations and communities.

Action Steps
Identify diverse RN preceptors who work with underserved populations from the Phoenix and Yuma Chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and other diverse nursing organizations.
• Develop preceptor and student objectives for the experience; focusing on mentorship to advance the health of Arizona underserved populations.
• Develop preceptor/student criteria, such as: bilingual, bicultural background with an interest on providing care for diverse Arizona communities.
• Connect with diverse nursing groups to recruit a minimum of 20 qualified preceptors; using this opportunity as a platform to practice leadership skills as mentors and educators
Train a minimum of 20 preceptors
• Develop or identify an existing training program for preceptors in partnership with ethnic minority nursing organizations of Arizona
• Hold training sessions either in person or using distance education
• Evaluate training
Engage interested nursing programs and students
• Develop criteria and minimum expectations of student performance
• Meet with nursing program directors to ensure objectives of experience meet learning objectives of program
• Ensure clinical contracts are in place
Pair students with preceptors in dyads
• Dyads develop mutual goals/time commitments/documentation for the experience and meet with faculty
• Dyads complete agreed upon hours and meet objectives
• Student, preceptor and faculty evaluate experience
• To the extent possible, patients evaluate their experiences with the student.
Based on evaluative data, Modify experiences and increase participation for second year.
Follow-up with students and preceptors 6 months post participation to determine long-term impact of the project.

Use baseline assessment from the State Board of Nursing 2013 Annual Report to evaluate increases in student/faculty ethnic minority and gender diversity.

Build upon existing NAHN Leadership Training for nurses and students, teaching Arizona multicultural communities the fundamentals of the Affordable Care Act.

Action Steps
Train-the-trainer workshop has been developed and is currently being implemented by NAHN Phoenix and Yuma, through a federal grant. Our goal is to extend the training to other diverse nursing groups, including the Black Nurses Association, Philippine Nurses Association, Native American Nurses Association, and Student Nurses Association.
• Schedule workshops for diverse members of nursing associations in Arizona that can provide the education, training and mentorship of this program to their respective organizations. A reasonable goal is to recruit at least 10 members of diverse nursing organizations, including students, for participation.
• Will include education and training material that is reflective of all underrepresented communities, using culturally appropriate messaging.
• Promote state wide partnerships with organizations that can serve as education sites for townhall sessions, emphasizing prevention and wellness through the ACA.
• Provide ongoing support and mentorship to diverse nurses engaged in these efforts through virtual and face-to-face meeting platforms.
• Track and report the nursing experience with project, including the long-term recruitment and retention of those participating.
• Evaluate nursing leadership development using established questionnaire (currently used in NAHN ACA grant).
• To the extent possible evaluate mulitcultural individuals and families served by this community education program, tracking overall goal of promoting the health and wellness of diverse Arizona communities.