AACN celebrates educators striving to diversify nursing workforce

March 16, 2017

Nurse.com sponsors annual award for champions of diversity, inclusion, sustainability

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — To support the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s mission of producing a culturally diverse workforce, Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning is sponsoring the organization’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award for the third consecutive year.

“The AACN is dedicated to ensuring our nursing workforce mirrors today’s patient population,” said Patrick Sheahan, president and CEO of Nurse.com and OnCourse Learning. “This award shines a light on nursing educators who are successfully carrying out that mission.”

Norma Martinez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center’s School of Nursing in San Antonio, will be honored March 21 as the award’s 2017 winner. Rogers will receive the award on the final day of the AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“This authenticates the work I have been doing in this area for over 20 years,” Rogers said. “It is an honor because my peers and colleagues are the ones who have recognized me as a leader of cultural diversity and inclusion.”

Rogers is the founder of Juntos Podemos (Together We Can), a peer-to-peer mentoring program for nursing students that assists with retention. Rogers said 98% of the students in the program are academically successful.

“My proudest moment is that once the project was initiated and implemented, it became a student-driven program,” she said. “As a matter of fact, students still contact me about their accomplishments, advancement in nursing education and work in the community.”

In 2013, Rogers founded the Cultural Inclusion Institute, which hosts conferences to help healthcare professionals understand how those affected by social determinants of health can be valued, respected and supported.

Thanks to Nurse.com’s financial support, the AACN created the award in July 2014 and presented it for the first time in 2015.

“Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning recognized the importance of celebrating leaders who are making an impact on creating learning environments that support individuals from all racial/ethnic backgrounds as well as other groups underrepresented in nursing,” said AACN President and CEO Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN. “AACN applauds this visionary thinking and commitment to excellence, which makes this annual award possible.”

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual or a group that demonstrate one or more of the following traits: influencing others; role modeling; continual learning; cultivating diverse teams; risk taking; accountability for diversity; and inclusion and external leadership engagement.

To learn more about the honor or to submit a future nomination, visit the AACN’s Awards page online.

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