Last month, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) announced a $50 million investment into community health initiatives, including $1 million for N.C. Central University’s nursing program, which hopes to increase diversity in the nursing field.
The increase in diversity in nursing continues to be seen both at historically black colleges and universities and traditional universities like UNC-Chapel Hill.
Wanda Lawrence, chairperson of the NCCU's Department of Nursing, said the university will use Blue Cross NC’s investment for scholarships, especially for low-income and rural area graduates.
“This is really going to help those students to be able to continue their education,” she said. “I wish there were a lot more corporations that would come forth and invest more into nursing programs, and especially in HBCUs.”
The UNC School of Nursing named Rumay Alexander as full-time director for diversity and inclusion in 2003. Alexander now serves as chief diversity officer, associate vice chancellor and professor at the university's School of Nursing. She said she continues to see an increase in diversity at the school.