Wayne State University

Future Nurse Professionals

Future Nurse Professionals (FNP) is a learning community retention program aimed at preparing qualifying students for admission into the College of Nursing. Our mission is to provide students from economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, including underrepresented ethnic, gender, and racial populations, with the resources and services necessary to ensure their successful matriculation into the College. Ultimately, the Future Nurse Professionals program endeavors to support students in their effort to complete a B.S.N. degree.

Prospective FNP students

Current FNP Students

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Prospective FNP students

What are the eligibility requirements to participate in FNP?

Undergraduate students that are from one and/or all of the following categories:

  • Come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds,
  • Those underrepresented in the Nursing profession (ethnic, gender, and/or racial populations)

What services are provided with FNP?

  • A stipend or scholarship
  • Academic Advising
  • Access to tutors
  • Peer facilitated study groups
  • Educational workshops and seminars
  • Access to nurse mentors
  • Access to health care agency visits

How to join Future Nurse Professionals

Prospective students who meet the eligibility requirements for the FNP program can:

  1. Obtain an FNP application from the College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs, or via the online application link that the College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs will provide during the application period
  2. Complete and submit the FNP application
  3. Check your email for confirmation and any upcoming FNP events

Program activities

The Future Nurse Professionals program offers the following core services to help each student prepare for enrollment into the College of Nursing:

  • Pre-nursing academic advising
  • Access to tutors
  • Peer facilitated study groups
  • Educational workshops and seminars
  • Access to nurse mentors
  • Access to health care agency visits

Pre-nursing Academic Advising

FNP Students receive academic advising to help develop an appropriate course of study. Students are also directed to University resources that support their academic success.

Tutoring Services

FNP students have access to a highly talented science tutor with the collaborative efforts from the Academic Success Center.

Peer-Facilitated Study Groups

The Future Nurse Professionals will be required to form a collaborative study group with other pre-nursing students. Let’s make a dedication of commitment to each member of the study group. Study groups can only be successful if everybody commits 100%. A successful study group will consist of everyone pulling their own weight. The course chapters must be read, class notes must be reviewed, and all questions that are generated from the review should be written down for discussion. The only way for the study groups to be successful and remain productive is for each member to be committed to the group.

Educational Workshops and Seminars

The FNP program sponsors a variety of workshops geared toward improving achievement in pre-nursing courses. Other activities include time management sessions, test taking strategies, money management, financial aid resources, spotlight on careers in Nursing, and much more.

Nurse Mentorship

Every FNP student is eligible to have a mentor. The mentorship program is designed to provide a supportive experience for the personal and intellectual development of pre-nursing students attending Wayne State University. The program is committed to providing structured mentoring activities to enable students to successfully matriculate into the professional nursing program and onto graduation. Being part of the mentorship program through FNP, you will receive personalized support through a one-on-one exchange with faculty, community nurses, and senior student nurses (who serve as peer mentors). More specifically, you will have someone with whom you can have academic discussions, discuss the nursing profession, develop career options, have the ability to job shadow, and network.

Health Care Agency Visits

FNP students have the opportunity to visit local clinics and hospitals in the Detroit area. Participants engage in dialogue with nurse leaders and receive a tour of the facility.

Mentorship program

Future Nurse Professionals mentorship program is designed to provide an additional opportunity to enhance the personal and intellectual development of pre-nursing and first year nursing students at Wayne State University. Students receive personalized support through a one-on-one exchange with faculty, community nurses, and senior student nurses who serve as peer mentors. Participants not only receive personal guidance from mentors, but they also attend career exploration and academic success workshops. The program is committed to helping students improve their problem solving skills, thus, reducing barriers to the completion of their education.

Program goals

  • To increase retention by personalizing and enhancing students' educational experience at Wayne State University
  • To cultivate an educational environment that provides an opportunity for personal and intellectual growth of each student
  • To assist each student in establishing and pursuing academic and personal goals

Role of the mentor

  • The mentor's role is to become an advocate, a role model and a friend. The mentor serves as a catalyst for the student's personal and intellectual growth. Mentors seek to form a partnership with their protégé’s. Mentors are expected to participate in structured mentorship activities such as, mentor/protégé receptions and mentor/protégé training sessions, etc.
  • Mentors are required to make contact with their protégés a minimum of five times a semester. Although the preferred method is face-to-face interaction, other methods include phone contact or via-e-mail.
  • The mentor must complete a Student Partner Form each time he or she meets with the student protégé.

Role of the protégé 

  • Protégés are expected to be prompt in responding to the mentor's call.
  • Protégés are expected to participate in structured mentorship activities such as mentor/protégé receptions and mentor/protégé training sessions etc.
  • Protégés must contact the nurse mentor a minimum of five times a semester. Although the preferred method is face-to-face interaction, other methods include phone contact or via-e-mail.
  • The protégé must complete a Student Partner Form each time he or she meets with the nurse mentor. It is expected that students submit their interaction worksheets to the program coordinator on a monthly basis. Click on one of the following links to complete a Protégé Interaction Worksheet.

Current FNP students

 Academic advising

Students enrolled in the Future Nurse Professionals program receive pre-nursing academic advising to help them develop an appropriate course of study. They are also directed to University resources that help support their academic success.