Diversity in Nursing

The nursing workforce should reflect the country’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity.


The Goal

A diverse nursing workforce that more closely reflects the nation’s population is better able to partner with communities to build a Culture of Health. Increasing the number of nurses from different backgrounds, including various races and ethnicities, will contribute to better health and health care for all.


A nursing workforce that reflects the diversity of the country’s communities and populations will lead to better understanding of the many elements that affect a person’s health and emotional well-being, and ultimately, to improved interactions and treatment.

Blog Posts related to: “Increasing Diversity in Nursing”

  1. Increasing Diversity in the Nursing Workforce is a Challenge. Could Licensed Practical Nurses be Part of the Solution?

    There are more than 21,000 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in Massachusetts alone. Beginning as an LPN affords those with low income, single parents, career changers, and new immigrants a relatively more

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  2. Diversity Made the List of New “Power of Ten”

    This is the second in a series of posts about the top issues facing nursing today as covered in The Power of Ten: A Conversational Approach to Tackling the Top Ten Priorities in Nursing. As a more

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  3. Good, busy year for the Nurse Diversity Council of Pennsylvania

    In Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Action Coalition’s Nurse Diversity Council (PA-NDC) has been busy bolstering the nursing workforce to reflect the diversity of the more

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  4. Men Tell Their Stories About Their Moves to Nursing

    Male students represented approximately 12 percent of baccalaureate and graduate nursing students in 2015, up from 9.5 percent in 2005, according to the American Association of Colleges of more

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The number of minority students enrolled in advanced nursing education is increasing. Some 30 percent of students at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and doctor of nursing practice program levels represent minority populations. In addition, male students represented nearly 12 percent of baccalaureate students and nearly 11 percent of graduate nursing students in 2014, up from 9.5 percent in 2005.

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This graph is a part of the Campaign for Action Dashboard, a series of charts and graphs that show goals by which the Campaign evaluates its efforts to implement recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health.

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Resources related to: “Increasing Diversity in Nursing”

  1. Charting Nursing's Future Library

    Dec 12, 2016

    Charting Nursing’s Future, a series of policy briefs launched in 2005, covers a range of issues related to nursing, including education, the shortage of nurses, diversity in the workforce, and the role of nurses in quality initiatives and the Culture of Health. The Robert more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities, Collecting Workforce Data, Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration, Improving Access to Care, Increasing Diversity, Promoting Nursing Leadership, Transforming Nursing Education, Tools & Tips: Communications and marketing, Location: National,

  2. Alaska’s Diversity Action Plan

    Nov 11, 2016

    The Alaska Nursing Action Coalition’s two-page diversity action plan outlines ways to promote the many facets of the nursing profession to juniors and seniors in Alaskan high schools. The plan lists a schedule of proposed events and promotional materials, and explains why its more

    Issues: Increasing Diversity, Tools & Tips: Grantee projects, Location: Alaska,