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.
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.
Racial/ethnic composition of the RN workforce in the US
New RN graduates by degree type, by gender
New RN graduates by degree type, by race/ethnicity
Number of Action Coalitions with members of its’ state’s ethnic or racial minority nursing organization or of it’s men in nursing state chapter as a voting member on its most senior executive-level policy-making body
Diversity of nursing doctorate graduates by race/ethnicity
Diversity of nursing doctorate graduates by gender
States that collect race/ethnicity data about their nursing workforce (by year)
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