Bring Diversity to Nursing


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L., Findeisen, M. & Knight, M. (2013). Bring Diversity to Nursing: Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Nursing Students. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 20(2), 100-104.

Knight, M., Abdallah, L., Findeisen, M., Melillo, K.D. & Dowling, J. (2011). Making healthy connections: Introducing nursing as a career choice to middle school students. Nursing Forum, 46(3), 146-151.

Conference Paper Presentations

Knight, M., Abdallah, L., Simons, S., Dowling, J., & Melillo, K.D. (November 5th). Engaging middle and high school students in health careers: Reflections on seven years of progress with the Bring Diversity to Nursing Program. American Public Health Association's 141st Annual Meeting and Expo, Boston, MA.

Dowling, J.S., Melillo, K.D., Adballah, L., Knight, M., & Lampman, K. (2013, April 25). Predictors of BDN Success: Preliminary Findings. Annual Preceptor Appreciation/Researcher Day, School of Nursing. HSS, Lowell, MA.

Read, C. & Dowling, J.S. (2012, November 16). Lessons learned in recruiting, retaining and graduating underrepresented students. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, San Antonio, TX. 

“Retention, Graduation, and NCLEX-RN Success of Minority Nursing Students,” Concurrent Paper Session Presentation at the 2011 NLN Education Summit, Orlando, FL, September 21-24, 2011, Abdallah, L., Dowling, J., Knight, M. & Melillo, K.D., Lane, S., & Scott. D.

“Bring Diversity to Nursing: University of Massachusetts Lowell,” Paper/panel presentation, New England Minority Health Education Conference, October 14-16, 2009, Providence, RI; Melillo, K.D. , Dowling, J., Abdallah, L., Findeisen, M. & Knight, M.

Poster Sessions

Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L., Knight, M., Lane, S., Scott, D., Bring Diversity to Nursing [Poster]. Massachusetts Department of Health Grantees Conference. June 17, 2013.

Evaluation of an Innovative Clinical Education Model. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Charting New Frontiers in Aging, San Diego, CA, November 14-18, 2012.         

Knight, M., Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., & Abdallah, L., Bring Diversity to Nursing – 2008-2012. HRSA Division of Nursing Summit, Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health. Bethesda, MD, August 16-17, 2012.

Drs Abdallah and Melillo Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L. & ,Knight, M Bring Diversity to Nursing (Poster). MDPH Grantees Meeting. With close to 100 attendees, BDN was one of six featured fundees by Keynote/Evaluator May 24, 2012.

Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L., Knight, M. & Lane, S. Bring Diversity to Nursing [Poster]. University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical Translational Science Research Symposium, UMass Conference Center, Shrewsbury MA, November 3, 2011.

Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L., Findeisen, M., Knight, M. & Lane, S.R. (2010). Bring Diversity to Nursing: The University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Nursing in Partnership with the Lawrence and Lowell Massachusetts School Systems [Poster]. UMass Lowell Faculty Research Symposium, UMass Inn and Conference Center, October 26, 2010.

Creeden, R., Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L., Findeisen, M., & Knight, M. Use of Zoomerang to assess interest in nursing as a career choice [Poster].  Eastern Nursing Research Society, Boston, MA, March 19-21, 2009.

Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L., Findeisen, M., & Knight, M. Bring Diversity to Nursing: First Year Initiatives [Poster]. Nurse Faculty – Nurse Executive Summit: Strategic Planning to Build Strategic Partnerships, Scottsdale, AZ, December 4-6, 2008.

Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L., Findeisen, M. & Knight, M. Bring Diversity to Nursing. Poster session at the Inauguration Week’s Achieving Excellence Through Partnerships – UML and the Community, Wannalancit Conference Center, Lowell, MA, and at UML Research: Creating the Future of the Commonwealth, Cumnock Hall, University of Massachusetts Lowell, April 2, 2008.

Invited Presentations-Papers

Abdallah, L., Dowling, J.S., Knight, M., Melillo, K.D., Lane, S., Scott, D., & Abdalla, F. (2012, June). Bring Diversity to Nursing: Perspectives from Guidance Counselors and Teachers.Massachusetts Association ofVocationalAdministrators: Connecting for Success Conference. Assabet Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Marlborough, MA.


BDN Mobile Simulation Lab; UMass Lowell YouTube Channel.

Cambodian Television interview with BDN Minority Nurse Recruiter, Vannary Chhay

June 5, 2008, Sunrise radio (UML Radio Station) interviewed Karen Devereaux Melillo, Ph.D., GNP, ANP-BC, FAANP and Lisa Abdallah, Ph.D., RN, about the nursing shortage and how the BDN project hopes to combat it.

Karen Devereaux Melillo, Ph.D. - Health Presentation at City of Lawrence Mayor's Health Task Force (Power Point)

Peggy Knight, Ph.D. - "Bring Diversity to Nursing" Poster Presentation for the Nurse Faculty Nurse Executive Summit (Power Point)

Renee Creeden's "Use of Zoomerang to assess nursing as a career choice" 1st place poster for the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) (Power Point)

Vannary Chaay's Cambodian Television Interview: