Mentorship and the Minority Experience Within the Nursing Profession: Identifying and Developing Programs to Address the Challenges and Barriers to Advancement Facing Minority Nurses and Nurse Leaders


      New York City Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) is the largest public health care system in the United States, safeguarding some 1.4 million patients annually; its 9600+ nurses are charged with delivering essential healthcare to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society. NYC H+H is forging foundational transformation with an innovative, 3-tiered nurse mentorship program addressing the current imbalance between the demographics of the general population and the corresponding racial and ethnic composition of the nursing profession, as well as supporting the goals of promoting diversity and inclusion; eliminating health disparities, and serving disparate demographic populations with care and compassion.
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      Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive, and Co-chair of the Equity and Access Council at New York City Health + Hospitals, Central Office, Office of Patient Centered Care, Nursing Administration, in New York, New York. Donna Boyle Schwartz, MSJ, BSJ, is Assistant Director, Marketing, at New York City Health + Hospitals. She can be reached at [email protected] .