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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 806543, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/806543
Review Article

Perceived Barriers to Success for Minority Nursing Students: An Integrative Review

1Department of Nursing, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX 79016, USA
2College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA
3College of Nursing, University of Texas, Arlington, TX 76019, USA

Received 7 March 2012; Accepted 1 April 2012

Academic Editors: S. Keeney and B. Roberts

Copyright © 2012 Collette Loftin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The objective of this paper was to identify barriers to successful program completion faced by underrepresented minority nursing students. This paper reveals that minority nursing student’s face multiple barriers to success including lack of financial support, inadequate emotional and moral support, as well as insufficient academic advising, program mentoring, technical support, and professional socialization. An additional theme—a resolve to succeed in spite of the identified barriers—was identified. This body of literature focuses solely on successful minority students’ experiences, revealing a significant gap in the research. The findings of this paper highlight the need to create and maintain nursing programs capable of aggressively supporting minority student needs. Recommendations for future research are included.