Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Nursing (Graduate)

First Advisor

Anne B. Woods

Second Advisor

Louann B. Zinsmeister


Background: There is growing evidence for the need to increase the minority nurse workforce to mirror the growing minority population in the United States. Health disparities among the minority population may be alleviated by having more minority nurses in the community. The purpose of the project was to examine increasing minority nurses in the workforce through comprehensive support programs at schools of nursing. Methods: In this evidence synthesis project, a comprehensive literature review was done using CINAHL, ERIC, and PubMed databases with search terms including NCLEX-RN, diversity, minority, licensure, and retention. A total of 13 articles were screened and 5 articles meeting inclusion criteria were critically appraised. The support programs included interventions in academic, social, and financial components. Using the Johns Hopkins Research Critique tool, all the studies were rigorously evaluated. NCLEX-RN licensure exams first time pass rates were compared as a measure of success for the support programs. Results: The results are inconclusive due to lack of quality research and limited data on this subject. Only one study out of the five supported the intervention to increase NCLEX-RN first time pass rates. Implications: The financial costs associated with these programs question the sustainability of these interventions. Comprehensive support programs are necessary for minority students to be successful. Research with increased rigor is needed on this topic.


This is an evidence-based practice capstone project submitted to the faculty of the graduate program in nursing in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Science in Nursing.