Hardiness, perceived social support, perceived institutional support, and progression of minority students in a masters of nursing program


Lack of cultural diversity in the health care workforce has been linked to health disparities. In 2009-2010, only one fourth (26%) of masters students in nursing and one fifth (23%) of doctoral students were from minority backgrounds (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2010), still not representative of the U.S. population. To better understand the perceptions of minority students, this exploratory, descriptive pilot study investigated hardiness, perceptions of institutional and social support, program progression, and graduation among students in three separate universities. Fifty-five persons participated in the study in which data were collected upon entry to the program and at three subsequent time points. Findings suggest that institutions are perceived to provide adequate support with advising and technical support but that opportunities for socialization with other graduate students, mentoring and financial support were less available. Grade point average (GPA) may also be a reason for drop out within the programs. © 2012 Springer Publishing Company.

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Hispanic Health Care International