Date of Award


Document Type



College of Nursing

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Project Mentor

Kumhee Ro


Danuta Wojnar


Associations exist between poor racial/ethnic representation in the healthcare workforce and lower quality of care, increased disability and mortality in communities of color (Jones et al., 2021; The Sullivan Commission 2004). Research supports that pipeline programs introducing underrepresented students to careers in nursing and allied health are effective at increasing diversity in nursing, student self-efficacy and influence them toward such careers in healthcare (Butler & Ampadu, 2020; Crews et al., 2020; Mei et al., 2022). This study is a program evaluation utilizing a descriptive mixed methods survey to assess the influence of Multicare’s nurse camp on alumni from the 2016-2020 cohorts. 489 eligible alumni were sent a 30 item Qualtrics survey collecting demographic data, career data, self-efficacy scores utilizing Chen et al.’s (2001) New General Self-Efficacy scale and short answer questions collecting qualitative data on program influence and barriers to careers in nursing for underrepresented students. 111 responses were received with 88% of all respondents reporting intent to pursue careers in nursing or healthcare. The mean self-efficacy scores for all alumni was 35.82/40 signifying high self-efficacy. Job shadowing and hands-on skills were the most influential experiences from camp. Barriers to pursuing nursing include challenging college applications, financial constraints and changes to the educational landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Multicare’s nurse camp is effective at recruiting underrepresented students and influencing them towards careers in nursing