Increasing
Diversity in Nursing

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

 

Goal and Impact

We strive for a nursing workforce that more closely reflects the diversity of the nation’s population. Increasing the number of nurses from different backgrounds, including races, gender, and ethnicities, will contribute to better health and health care for all. From such diversity in nursing comes a deeper understanding of the elements that affect a person’s health and emotional well-being, and ultimately, improved care and treatment.

Progress

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. The number of men in nursing is also increasing. In 2018, 14 percent of pre-licensure RN program graduates were male.

 

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.

  • New RN graduates by degree type, by gender
  • New RN graduates by degree type, by race/ethnicity
  • Number of Action Coalitions with a member of an ethnic or racial minority nursing organization or men in nursing state chapter on a senior-level policymaking body
  • Diversity of nursing doctorate graduates by race/ethnicity
  • Diversity of nursing doctorate graduates by gender

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  1. States that collect race/ethnicity data about their nursing workforce (by year)

    Sep 09, 2020

    The map below illustrates which states collect race/ethnicity data about their nursing workforce. These data expand on Dashboard Indicator 7: Diversity, used to measure the Campaign’s progress toward making diversity in the nursing workforce a priority. View the Campaign more

    Issues: Increasing Diversity in Nursing, Tools & Tips: Dashboard Indicators, Location: National,

  2. Diversity of nursing doctorate graduates by gender

    Sep 09, 2020

    The graph below illustrates the number of doctor of philosophy (PhD) in nursing and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) graduates from accredited nursing programs across the country by gender. These data expand on Dashboard Indicator 7: Diversity, used to measure the Campaign’s more

    Issues: Increasing Diversity in Nursing, Tools & Tips: Dashboard Indicators, Location: National,

 

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