Nursing and health sciences workforce diversity research using PhotoVoice: A college and high school student participatory project

Sandra Benavides-Vaello, Janet R. Katz, Jeffery Chaichana Peterson, Carol B. Allen, Robbie Paul, Andrea Lelana Charette-Bluff, Phyllis Morris

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Abstract

This participatory study used PhotoVoice and qualitative description to (a) mentor baccalaureate nursing and college students in workforce diversity research; (b) explore barriers and facilitators encountered by rural American Indian, Hispanic, and other high school students when attending college and pursuing careers in nursing or the health sciences; and (c) model a process of social action to help existing and future students. Baccalaureate nursing and graduate students participated in all stages of research, including dissemination. Five themes emerged from analysis of PhotoVoice data: (a) being afraid; (b) believing; (c) taking small steps; (d) facing fears; and (e) using support systems. Findings underscore the importance of helping students participate in ef orts to increase workforce diversity through research. Increasing nursing and health sciences workforce diversity may require strategies developed within and tailored to specific cultures and communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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