The recruitment project helps build community capacity because, with an increase in Aboriginal nurses from within the community, a growing staffing shortage can be mitigated and culturally situated care can be promoted. While Aboriginal nursing and transition programs have been developed by schools of nursing to help address the growing shortage of Aboriginal nurses, there may also be considerable benefit in beginning the recruitment process at the middle school level. In its report, Against All Odds (2002), the National Task Force on Recruitment and Retention stated that the biggest challenge facing aboriginal young people is getting through high school with the background needed to be successful in whatever career they choose to pursue. Focusing on students at this level will provide them the opportunity to consider a future in the nursing profession prior to entering the senior high school years. Science and math courses are critical in terms of gaining admission to nursing programs, and thus students can ensure the inclusion of these courses as they work toward a future that includes nursing.
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