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 2015, 13.7% 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.

  • Racial/ethnic composition of the RN workforce in the U.S.
  • 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
  • States that collect race/ethnicity data about their nursing workforce (by year)

Related News Posts:

Related Resources:

  1. 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

    Jan 01, 2018

    The graph below shows the number of Action Coalitions that have at least one representative from an ethnic or racial minority nursing organization or a men in nursing state chapter as a voting member on its most senior-level policymaking body. These data expand on Dashboard more

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

  2. New RN graduates by degree type, by race/ethnicity

    Jan 01, 2018

    The graph below illustrates the number of graduates from accredited RN nursing programs across the country by race/ethnicity and specifies the degree type, including associate degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), and entry-level master’s (ELM). These more

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

 

We’re building healthier communities through nursing. Stay up to date on news related to the Campaign for Action.