Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, OK
The NCIN grant allowed the school of nursing to create a more inclusive environment for its male students.
Round 1: 2008 – 2009
Round 2: 2009 – 2010
The main focus for Oklahoma City University’s school of nursing was to recruit and retain male scholars. The university conducted a national recruitment campaign that publicized its scholarship opportunities for men, which resulted in 27 percent of its 2010 cohort being male. To retain these new recruits, the university relied on an advisory council of men in nursing from the community. The council planned a series of meetings with the male scholars that were called “Monday Night’s Nursing”—a takeoff on Monday Night Football. Council members mentored the male scholars. Meetings featured speakers on gender differences in communication and caring, nurse-physician relationships across genders, the history and future of men in nursing, and more. Meetings were well attended.