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Duke program inspires future minority nurses

Posted July 27, 2011

— A special summer program at Duke University is encouraging minority students to pursue careers in the nursing field, where they're historically underrepresented.

MADIN II, an acronym for "making a difference in nursing," gives minority students opportunities to shadow real nurses at work and is designed to encourage them to pursue Ph.D. and M.D. degrees, so they can assume future leadership roles in health care.

"(We want) to ensure that we have got diverse representation among ethnic and racial minorities," said Dorothy Powell, associate dean of the School of Nursing at Duke.

The program, which is funded by a federal grant, has both classroom and clinical components, and students receive some financial assistance to attend. Scholarships are also available.

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For participants Kara Edmond and Kevin Gulledge, who were recommended by the historically black colleges they attend, MADIN II cemented their desire to work in the nursing field.

"It's been intense, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it," Edmond said. "It really helps to confirm, yes, this is the direction I want to go."

Gulledge said the experience has brought him closer to his goal of opening a clinic back home in Mississippi.

"I was really astonished how hard (nurses) do work," he said. "But I feel this is the start of my journey to become a family nurse practitioner."

Powell said students like Edmond and Gulledge are part of a large group of minority students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and excel at colleges and universities but may believe that a nursing degree is out of reach.

"They are very, very bright students, and we believe they represent the future of nursing," she said.


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  • alwilson436 Aug 2, 2011

    Really people! Why are you assuming that because these are students of color that they do not have the intelligence or work ethic to become great medical professionals. Before we start talking about taking jobs and opportunities, please walk into any hospital or dr's office and tell me how many dr's and nurses you see that are of color vs. those that are not and it will be obvious that these students are not taking anything from anybody.
    These are simply high performing students who have an interest in the medical field and are doing what we tell all students to do, get experience and learn all you can. Can we for once be happy because these are not the folks who are dropping out of school, on welfare, selling drugs, etc (all the other sterotypes) and are doing the right thing. I applaud Duke for creating this program. Trust me when I say the 5 or 10 students who are probably going through this program will not take any food off your table!

  • Scubagirl Aug 2, 2011

    "And if you go to Duke, minority nurses are not underrepresented.."

    That is certainly true! And many of the minority nurses are able to keep their jobs regardless of the quality of care they provide (or don't). Duke is so afraid of having The Card thrown out they don't even discipline those that need it. Sad really.
    This should be open to ALL students regardless of color.

  • irie44 Aug 2, 2011

    With all these programs and "free rides", why is it that African Americans are still failing in almost every catergory that counts in our society? Perhaps handing people a free ride doesn't work! I never got one, yet I made it and so have millions of others. Why not have the NBA hold a clinic for white players only! Blacks are by far the biggest racists.

  • albertleon7 Aug 2, 2011

    Healthcare workers were in it because they cared. Now they are in it for the buck and this is a perfect example.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Aug 2, 2011

    Um, Duke is in Durham... What race is the minority in Durham? I do not feel that ANY program or fund that caters ONLY to a specific race is a good thing, or fair, nor should it be legal. Here in America, the opertunities are supposed to be equal for ALL people, and for someone to tell me that I do not qualify for this program because of my color, is racist. They may as well put segrigated bathrooms and water fountains back in too.

  • allie19 Aug 2, 2011

    Special programs were given to many immigrants to become MD's. Our hospitalist group consists of many of them. Many names you can not pronounce and they are very hard to understand. I would not let them care for my family.Maybe they could go to Duke!

  • allie19 Aug 2, 2011

    In my next life I want to come back black or american indian so that I can get a free education. Although for an american indian the standards stay the same. I am caucasion or you can call me "white" as i dont get offended by that word. Therefore, I cam having to pay for my full education myself and work and be a single mom. Sucks being white. I am ready for some freebies of my own! Not all nurses are created equal and I'll say that one day some of the people that created this will be patients, good riddins to ya!

  • djcgriffin Aug 1, 2011

    I think it is a good program. Even to encourage one to go into the health field in general...Even if it is not at Duke

  • Thought Criminal WS Aug 1, 2011

    Headline should read "Duke promotes continued racial division, feeds more manure to the masses."

  • carrboroyouth Aug 1, 2011

    I think the most qualified should be hired for any program, but especially one that is in the medical field.