Researchers have long recognized the connection between a culturally diverse workforce and quality patient care. The ability of providers to communicate effectively with patients and to understand their cultural backgrounds is important to patient care. Our work on diversity is focused on supporting the importance of a diverse workforce and helping to prepare the discipline of nursing to care for a substantially increasing diverse population—ultimately to help narrow the health care disparities gap. The campaign established a diversity steering committee to guide our work to create a nursing profession prepared to care for a diverse population and, ultimately, to shape the transformation of the health care delivery system.
The overarching goal of the Campaign is to diversify the nursing workforce so that it more accurately reflects America’s changing demographics, and contributes to the reduction of healthcare disparities. To that end, the Campaign seeks to be all inclusive; we view diversity as a matter of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, geographic location e.g. rural.
Action Coalitions should look at their state’s demographics to determine what aspects of identity need to be addressed in regards to diversity and meeting the population’s health care needs. For example, many states may have a high concentration of Arab-Americans, Somalis, Hmongs, or people with a disability.
Action Coalitions should consider the health care challenges and needs of the people in their state; after determining the state’s specific needs, the Action Coalition should make outreach to individuals and organizations that can represent the needs of said group and contribute to the overall work of the Action Coalition.
The groups listed below are the groups that the Campaign works with through the Diversity Steering Committee, and we recommend these groups as a start when Action Coalitions are trying to reach diverse communities. This not an exhaustive list; please visit the Campaign for Action diversity resources and tools for a list of other suggested organizations. (Need to develop a list of other organizations)
American Assembly for Men in Nursing
Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association
National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
National Black Nurses Association
National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations
Philippine Nurses Association of America
*US Census defines minorities as racial and ethnic minority populations that are Asian American, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, American Indian and Alaska Native. Males are also a minority group within the nursing profession.
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