ASPIRE: Achieving Success through Professionalism, Integrity, Resilience, and Engagement
Oakland University School of Nursing
Nursing students, Nurses, general
Workforce Development Focus
Increasing number of healthcare workers AND improving the quality of healthcare workforce
Workforce Issues Addressed
Attracting and training individuals to work in a healthcare profession; Providing a benefit or incentive that encourages individuals to pursue a healthcare profession; Training current healthcare professionals in SDOH, implicit bias, or on other subjects that will help professionals provide more culturally-competent and/or patient-centered care
Oakland University School of Nursing received over $2 million from HRSA to create ASPIRE: Achieving Success through Professionalism, Integrity, Resilience, and Engagement. The project's goal is to increase nursing progression and graduation rates and retention in practice for students who are from diverse and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically those from identities underrepresented among RNs. ASPIRE will meet this goal through multiple approaches. These include: awarding stipends and/or scholarships to 48 students in the program; supporting students to graduate at a rate that is at least equal to the general nursing student population; training 324 faculty and staff on campus in cultural competency, and recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. The grant period ends in June 2025.