Rivier University’s School of Nursing allows for Underrepresented Students to Succeed

Rivier University’s Project Archive continues to find success since the program was first developed in 2014. Project Achieve is a “program designed to increase diversity in the nursing workforce that offers underrepresented student groups with opportunities to expand their understanding of nursing careers and to hone study strategies that lead to academic success.” Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President, noted that “national data shows that underrepresented students benefit significantly through a pre-orientation to the academic environment.” The results and students of Project Achieve reflect this data. Underrepresented nursing students enrolled in their final year of the RN-BS program throughout the 2015 and 2017 produced a 100% passing rate of the NCLEX-RN. Of the seventeen participating students in 2017 Project Achieve, seven languages are spoken and five continents are represented.

Project Achieve accomplishes their goals by offering first-year students the opportunity to participate in a summer enrichment program that focuses on the study of anatomy and physiology, nursing professionalism, cultural development, research skills, and an orientation to clinical expectations. In addition, students enrolled in Project Achieve take part in team building and “collective problem-solving activities to strengthen their confidence, expand their skills, and ease their transition to university life.” Rivier University strives to equip all students with the necessary tools to succeed academically, mentally and spiritually, as demonstrated by Project Achieve.

To hear more about Project Achieve, visit Rivier news.

Peace and Justice in ACCU’s Summer Newsletter

ACCU recently released the summer edition of Update, our quarterly newsletter. Read Update in full here. Peace and Justice highlights include:

  • ACCU President’s Letter: Celebrating 50 years of Populorum Progressio
  • Rivier Students Participate in Day of Service: In April, Rivier University held its fifth annual First-Year Student Day of Service, contributing hundreds of service hours to Greater Nashua, New Hampshire non-profit organizations.
  • Mount Marty Students Volunteer at Rosebud Indian Reservation: Eighteen students from Mount Marty College recently participated in an annual service opportunity that sends nursing students and non-nursing majors to the Rosebud Indian Reservation to work with Tree of Life Ministry in Mission, South Dakota.
  • Newman Students Focus Art on Syrian Conflict: The atrium in Newman University’s Dugan Library was home to a student-created art exhibit in April, with art designed to depict the conflict in Syria.
  • Emmanuel Students Raise Funds for Children’s Hospital: The sixth annual Emmanuel College Dance Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital set a new fundraising record this year.
  • Benedictine Holds Social Justice Teach-In: This spring Benedictine University held an all-day “Teach-In on Social Justice and Race” to promote greater understanding of people and issues affecting local communities.
  • Aquinas Awarded Early Childhood Ed. Grant: Aquinas College in Michigan has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to address the shortage of qualified teachers of color available to lead local early childhood education classrooms.

To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.