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. 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

    Issues: Increasing Diversity,   Locations: National,  

  2. 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

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities,   Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration,   Increasing Diversity,   Promoting Nursing Leadership,   Locations: Pennsylvania,  

  3. 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

    Issues: Increasing Diversity,  

  4. Journal Celebrates Education Program’s Successes

    Accelerated nursing programs are designed to expand the nursing workforce by providing professionals with skills in other fields and students with non-nursing degrees a faster route to becoming more

    Issues: Increasing Diversity,   Transforming Nursing Education,   Locations: National,  

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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. 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,

  2. Creating and Sustaining a Diverse Nursing Workforce in New York

    Nov 11, 2016

    The New York Action Coalition diversity toolkit provides a central resource for New York institutions as they develop strategies for creating and sustaining a diverse nursing workforce. The toolkit includes research linking diversity and health equity, demographics of the more

    Issues: Increasing Diversity, Location: New York,