SWCAHEC Native American Nursing Pipeline

The SWCAHEC Native American Nursing Pipeline project works to increase the number of Native American nurses who deliver health care services and meet the nursing workforce needs in rural and underserved communities.

The primary objectives are:

• Recruitment of high school, college students, and community members into a regional nursing program.

• Creation of a webpage to include resources for Native American community members interested in nursing, including related training programs and scholarships.

• Development of a replicable support program for Native American nursing students, including student interest groups, social groups, and professional nursing collaboratives.

• Nurse mentorship program including a panel series of nurses sharing their experiences in the profession.

• Training and education opportunities for Health Science faculty and preceptors working with diverse students in health profession training programs.

For more information about this program please contact Dyllon Mills, Community Health Programs Associate at Southwestern Colorado AHEC, at [email protected] or [email protected].

Nurse Panel
Register here for the recorded Alaskan Native Nurse Panel featuring Theresa Williams, intern of Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center as the moderator, and the members of the panel: Tiffany Bennett, RN; Chelsea Ryan, BSN; Sara Fox, RN, BSN; and Scharell Anderson, RN.

Training and Education Opportunities for Health Science Faculty and Preceptors

University of Alaska Anchorage. (2021). Recruitment and retention of Alaskan Natives into nursing (RRANN).

University of Arizona. (n.d.). Indians in nursing: Career advancement and transition scholars program (INCATS).

University of Hawaii at Manoe. (2022). Nursing program for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Native American students – ike ao pono. University of Hawaii at Manoa: Nancy Atmospera-Walsh school of nursing.

University of North Dakota. (2022). Recruitment and retention of American Indians into nursing

University of Wisconsin-Madison. (n.d.). School of nursing: STREAM.

Montana State University. (n.d.). Caring for our own support services. Montana state university.

Bemidji State University. (n.d.). Niganawenimaanaanig indigenous nursing program. Bemidji state university.