New Mentoring Program for Minority Nursing Students at the University of Cincinnati

karen-jones-bankston-phd-msn-facheAdvising Minorities By Inspiring & Transforming Them Into Outstanding Nurses (AMBITION) is a new group for pre-nursing minority students at the University of Cincinnati. Through mentoring opportunities the group hopes to recruit and retain minority students in nursing programs at the university. Karen J. Bankston, associate dean of the clinical practice, partnership and community development is the faculty adviser for the student-led organization. Dr. Bankston is a graduate of Kent State University in Ohio. She holds a Ph.D. in nursing research from the University of Cincinnati.

Second to fourth year nursing students may act as mentors to freshmen who are interested in pursing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Students in the program are expected to participate in study groups two evenings a week and attend all AMBITION meetings. Students aso are expected to maintain in constant contact with their mentors.

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