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.

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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 members of its’ state’s ethnic or racial minority nursing organization or of its’ 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)

Related Resources:

  1. Successes in Advancing Health and Health Care Through Nursing

    Sep 09, 2017

    This two-page document offers an overview of successes on multiple fronts in advancing health and health care through nursing, and can be used as a handout at meetings or events. This document is updated regularly to reflect the latest progress and accomplishments, so more

    Issues: Building Healthier Communities, Improving Access to Care, Increasing Diversity in Nursing, Promoting Nursing Leadership, Transforming Nursing Education, Tools & Tips: Communications and marketing, Milestones, Organizational excellence, Location: National,

  2. Diversity and Inclusion: Promoting Health Equity by Understanding Unconscious Bias

    Jul 07, 2017

    What is unconscious bias and how does it influence nurses and others? Learn about the neuroscience behind unconscious bias and how these subtle beliefs and behaviors can have large impacts. Understand how nurses can recognize and handle unconscious bias at the individual, more

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

 

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