Strategies to diversify Canadian baccalaureate nursing education: A scoping review protocol




Hubert, Jaymelyn
Jap, Jennifer
Mussell, Jessica
Zakher, Bernadette
Dordunoo, Dzifa

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Objective: This review seeks to identify strategies that have been implemented by Canadian baccalaureate nursing (BSN) programs to recruit and retain students of systemically and historically marginalized populations. Introduction: Diversity within the nursing workforce has been shown to improve patients’ healthcare experiences. However, Eurocentric-heteronormative Canadian society has facilitated the exclusion of people who are Indigenous, Black, Asian, LGBTQ2IA+, have disabilities, or identify as male from nursing education. The country’s first Indigenous nurse, Edith Monture, graduated in 1914 from a program in the United States after being denied access to training in Canada. This story repeats approximately 30 years later when Bernice Redmon graduated from an American training program before returning to Canada to become the country’s first Black nurse. Implementing strategies to recruit and retain students from these historically underrepresented groups could diversify the nursing workforce; thus, improving patient experiences with healthcare. Inclusion criteria: This review will include English language publications dating from 1990 that describe recruitment and/or retention strategies aimed to increase and/or sustain the enrolment of students of systemically and historically marginalized populations within Canadian baccalaureate nursing education programs. Methods: Using JBI scoping review methodology, sources will be searched in the following datasets: CINAHL (EBSCO), MEDLINE (EBSCO), ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, Web of Science, and ERIC (EBSCO) to identify strategies implemented within Canadian BSN programs. The search will be limited to publications dated from 1990 and will include terms to focus on Canadian content. To capture grey literature, websites of approved Canadian BSN programs will be hand searched for recruitment and/or retention strategies.



Baccalaureate, diversification, nursing education, recruitment, retention