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Meeting Texas Nursing Workforce Needs Through Recruitment and Retention Initiatives

Gary, Jodie C.; Gosselin, Kevin; Mulcahy, Abigail; Wise Matthews, Debra

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000452

Evidence demonstrates health inequities can be ameliorated by a workforce whose diversity reflects the population served. The diversity of the Texas nursing workforce, however, is not reflective of the Texas population. This article reports on a project to recruit and retain minority nurses in Texas. The project goals were to improve enrollment for minority students, specifically Hispanic students, in an online South Texas baccalaureate nursing program (traditional BSN, second-degree BSN, and RN to BSN); facilitate student success; and promote student satisfaction. These goals were successfully achieved at one academic institution.

About the Authors Jodie C. Gary, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor, College of Nursing, Texas A&M University, Bryan, Texas. Kevin Gosselin, PhD, is director of academics and biostatistics, HonorHealth, Scottsdale, Arizona, and an adjunct professor at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Abigail Mulcahy, MPH, is a doctoral student, College of Public Health, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Debra Wise Matthews, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor and –associate dean for academic affairs, College of Nursing, Texas A&M University. This work was supported in part by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The opinions and conclusions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policy of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. For more information, contact Dr. Gary at

The authors declare no other conflicts of interest.

Online date: January 4, 2019

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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