Published online in april in nursing outlook, it is the first study to evaluate nursing school-based diversity initiatives on a nationwide scale minorities comprise about one-quarter of the nursing workforce but one-third of the nation's population, a share that is projected to grow quickly in the coming decades, according to the us census. Although there is some discussion of historical factors that have affected diversity of the rn labor force, the note does not address either specific programs that have been instituted to increase diversity in a national context or nursing specific initiatives or programs to attract minority students into nursing. 12 nursing forum volume 44, no 1, january-march 2009 cultural diversity: the intention of nursing villaruel (2002) explained subjective norms to be. Diversity literally means difference when it is used as a contrast or addition to equality, it is about recognising individual as well as group differences, treating people as individuals, and placing positive value on diversity in the community and in the workforce.
Yet diversity eludes the nursing student and nurse educator populations workforce diversity is especially needed where research indicates that factors such as societal biases and stereotyping, communication barriers, limited cultural sensitivity and competence, and system and organizational determinants contribute to health care inequities. Our commitment at penn nursing we put a premium on diversity within our ranks for both students and faculty alike, and work hard to overcome the barriers to representation that challenge our field. For health care experts like patricia prelock, phd, dean of the college of nursing and health sciences at the university of vermont, these changing demographics underscore the importance of cultural diversity in a profession where the patient-provider relationship is key to determining the quality of care.
The report, called the future of nursing: leading health, advancing change, calls for a greater emphasis on increasing diversity of the workforce and ensuring that nurses are able to provide culturally relevant care learn about the robert wood johnson foundation's future of nursing: campaign for action. Today the nursing workforce does not adequately reflect the diversity in the population including gender, says beverly malone, ceo of the national league for nursing latinos, african americans, american indians and native alaskans compose only 76 percent of the nursing workforce, a dismal figure compared to the 25 percent in the general. The mission of the diversity in nurse anesthesia mentorship program is to inform, empower, and mentor under-served diverse populations with information to prepare them for a successful career in nurse anesthesia. This increased implementation of appropriate health care and adherence to effective diversity and cultural education programs at every level of health care will ultimately result in improved patient satisfaction, compliance, hospital safety, and patient health outcomes. Diversitynursingcom was born in 2007 as a career job board and information resource for nurses regardless of age, race, gender, religion, education, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or physical characteristics.
Nursing workforce diversity (nwd) we support projects that increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses. The significance of diversity in nursing diversity in the world of nursing is crucial in order to provide sufficient care to all individuals nurses have to be able to provide medical needs to all types of people, regardless of personal beliefs and customs. While diversity is critical for strategy and business, it also has a positive effect on patient care, especially as healthcare turns its focus to population health this idea is manifested at. Diversity in health care matters, because when you have a diverse health care provider workforce, then you have the ability to achieve better health outcomes, explained vernell dewitty, phd, rn, director of the new careers in nursing scholarship program at the american association of colleges of nursing (aacn.
Nursing is still seen as a woman's job, and strategies to entice more men to choose nursing as a career have met with very modest success the value of diversity in nursing. The nursing workforce diversity program increases opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses the opportunities provided include student scholarships or stipends, pre-entry preparation and retention activities. Published in the diversity factor dr galanti is a faculty member of the doctoring curriculum, ucla school of medicine california state university's division of nursing and its department of anthropology. Evidence-based information on cultural diversity and nursing practice from hundreds of trustworthy sources for health and social care make better, quicker, evidence based decisions evidence search provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health. Diversitynursingcom was created in 2007 to help with the growing demand for diverse nurses across the country we are a career job board, community and information resource for all nurses regardless of age, race, gender, religion, education, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or physical characteristics.
Diversity in the nursing workforce is being highlighted as a critical priority by organizations such as rwjf and aarp, and that makes me hopeful that there will be change we need to be consistent and open-minded when it comes to nursing students. 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. In addition, two nurse researchers at the university of wisconsin oshkosh college of nursing developed a tool to assess, monitor, and evaluate the status of diversity within nursing education programs, health care systems, and other organizations.
Nursing community service workers will interact with a wide variety of clients and co-workers from a range of cultural backgrounds they must therefore be aware of: • the role of diversity in the workplace. Definition of diversity the concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect it means understanding that each individual is unique. Cultural diversity in nursing is important in improving the quality of care the concept of transcultural nursing was established in 1955 by madeleine leininger (lowe & archibald, 2009) american nurses association adopted the concept of cultural diversity in 1986.