George Washington University
The school continues to expand its ABSN program and the number of underrepresented and disadvantaged students it serves. It created new positions in the departments of admissions and recruitment to conduct direct outreach and provide support to applicants.
Round 5: 2012-2013
George Washington University’s School of Nursing used the NCIN Pre-Entry Immersion Toolkit to help faculty examine and modify how students were adjusting to the pro- gram, and used other NCIN resources to strengthen its mentoring program. As a relatively new school of nursing, George Washington did not yet have a large pool of alumni to draw on as mentors, so leaders matched incoming students with seniors in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. To help diversify the student population, the school of nursing’s admission committees worked to eliminate unconscious bias using Harvard’s Implicit Association Test. The school of nursing emphasized whole file review of each applicant. Committee members responded positively to these efforts.