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KU Nursing Pathway Programs provide educational and career support to students interested in nursing and helps them excel in their studies while at KU.
These programs are intended for high school, first/second year college and second career students.
The program's mission is to help students become aware of nursing career possibilities and then help them excel. While supporting future nurses, the program contributes to Kansas nursing workforce needs.
As the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse, alarming health inequities persist. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration advises that increasing nursing workforce diversity can contribute to health care accessibility, quality and better health equity. The Kansas City pathway seeks to increase BSN class and graduate diversity by at least 15%.
U.S. health care provider shortages are more profound in rural areas. Kansas is predominantly rural, with 98 of its 105 counties (93%) designated as rural. Ninety counties (86%) are designated as Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas. Registered nurses and nurse practitioners are vital to the health and well-being of rural populations. The Salina pathway seeks to attract and graduate nursing students from rural areas who aspire to rural nursing careers.
KU Nursing Pathway students receive individual mentoring and participate in monthly events with KU School of Nursing faculty, practicing nurses and health care industry leaders to:
There is no cost to participate and no obligation to continue in the program. Students who complete Phases 1 and 2 and choose to enroll at the KU School of Nursing receive scholarship awards during Phase 3.
Upon admission into the program, participants engage in individual and group meetings to plan for participation and learn about mentoring and available support services.
While completing nursing school college prerequisites (up to two years), participants meet with their program mentor and attend monthly meetings, including nursing career exploration events, guidance in defining an individual nursing career pathway, and acquiring learning and career skills for nursing education success.
Participants choosing the KU School of Nursing continue to receive mentorship and skill development while further defining their nursing career aspirations. During the senior year, participants engage in leadership skill development, peer mentoring and career progression discovery.
Students interested in applying to the program should contact Cyndie Majher at KUPathway@kumc.edu or call 913-588-1619.
Individuals and organizations interested in supporting the program should contact Dr. Dawn Shew, assistant dean for student affairs and enrollment management, email@example.com or 913-588-1619.