A group think tank as a discourse coalition to promote minority nursing faculty retention

Nurs Outlook. Sep-Oct 2019;67(5):586-595. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2019.03.003. Epub 2019 Mar 20.


Background: The nursing profession will need one million more nurses by 2024, yet nursing schools are turning away applicants due to insufficient numbers of nursing faculty. Likewise, minority nursing faculty are needed in order to attract diverse nursing students who can then address health care disparities.

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the use of a group think tank (GTT) as a mentoring strategy for supporting the recruitment and retention of minority nursing faculty.

Method: Guided by Kotter's theory of change, this paper describes the application of the GTT approach with 5 African American (AA) faculty, one AA doctoral student and a cross-cultural mentor.

Findings: Results are presented based upon the metrics typically used to support career advancement, promotion and/or tenure.

Discussion: The GTT is a promising mentoring model that can be used to integrate cross-cultural and peer mentoring into academic communities to support diversity in academia.

Keywords: Cross-cultural Mentoring; Group Think Tank; Minority Faculty Recruitment and Retention; Nursing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Faculty, Nursing / standards*
  • Faculty, Nursing / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • Peer Group
  • Personnel Selection / standards*
  • Personnel Selection / statistics & numerical data
  • Schools, Nursing / standards*
  • Schools, Nursing / statistics & numerical data