Ann Nurs Primary Care | Volume 2, Issue 1 | Review Article | Open Access

A Report of the Project W.I.N: An Approach to Support Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Success

Maria Rosario-Sim1*, Meriam Caboral-Stevens2, Luzviminda Casapao1, Daisy Cruz-Richman1 and Yvonne Nathan1

1College of Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, USA
2School of Nursing, Eastern Michigan University, USA

*Correspondance to: Maria Rosario-Sim 

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Background: SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing (CON) has implemented a three-prong approach to enrich the Accelerated Baccalaureate (ABSN) program and assist students decrease barriers and obstacles to retention of diverse and economically disadvantaged background students. The overall goal of the Project W.I.N. was to support the educational environment and needs of all students regardless of cultural, ethnic, racial, gender or economic backgrounds. Mentorship was the common thread that integrated throughout the concepts.
Purpose: To present the Project W.I.N. for the ABSN program. Implementation: The following approaches were implemented. W.I.N: W– A Welcoming environment that supports and fosters self-development. The CON implemented the Pre-Entry Immersion Program (PIP) using the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Careers in Nursing (RWJF/NCIN) PIP-Toolkit to supplement the school orientation for all new incoming students one week prior to starting the ABSN program. I– Individualized developmental academic advisement and support, each student was assigned a designated academic faculty advisor through the duration of the program to monitor student progression. N– Nurturing through mentoring. The CON initiated a formalized mentoring program using the NCIN Mentoring Toolkit in collaboration with the CON utilizing faculty alumni and minority faculty as mentors.
Results: The overall impact of Project W.I.N: improved enrollment, retention, graduation rates and NCLEX-RN pass rate for first time takers. However, it failed to recruit the minority students in the local areas. Implication/
Conclusion: Periodically evaluate Project W.I.N. as a major strategy for student success. Continue to implement the project but step-up efforts to recruit minority students around the neighborhood.


WIN project; Accelerated baccalaureate nursing; Success


Rosario-Sim M, Caboral-Stevens M, Casapao L, Cruz-Richman D, Nathan Y. A Report of the Project W.I.N: An Approach to Support Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Success. Ann Nurs Primary Care. 2019; 2(1): 1014.

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