The A Chance to Succeed (ACTS) nursing mentoring program began in the fall of 2004 as an outgrowth of the University of Michigan-Flint Nursing Recruitment and Retention Committee. The goal to recruit and retain nursing students was identified with an emphasis on minority and disadvantaged students.
Members of the nursing faculty and minority registered nurse graduates of UM-Flint’s nursing program, along with community-based nurses, formed the initial group to explore the feasibility of a mentoring program. This group developed the ACTS program, which grew to include members from the UM-Flint Office of Admissions and the Office of Equity and Diversity Services. In July 2005, the UM-Flint Department of Nursing was the recipient of a HRSA Nursing Initiative in Diversity grant, which provided funding and resources to support this mentoring program.
The mission of the ACTS program is to recruit and retain nursing students at the University of Michigan-Flint and is reflective of the SON’s commitment to professional nursing. Through the mentoring program, pre-nursing and nursing students are matched with professional registered nurses who provide support, guidance, and encouragement to help students achieve their personal and professional goals. Objectives include assisting students with system barriers; providing counseling and advising specific to the nursing program; and addressing minority students’ issues related to lack of trust/racism, fear, and negative perceptions of the nursing program.
Registered nurses who would like to help nursing students achieve their goals are encouraged to join ACTS by emailing Dr. Melva Craft-Blacksheare, the faculty coordinator for the program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.