Lack Of Diversity Within Nursing : Past, Present And Future

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Lack of Diversity in Nursing: Past, Present and Future. Diversity in nursing, or perhaps it would be better put as the lack of diversity in nursing, has long been an issue that has plagued the field. In the past 100 years nursing has not be very diverse, it has been suggested that this is due to a less than desirable worldview and the expectation that nursing students adapt to Eurocentric standards (Bleich, MacWilliams & Schmidt, 2014). Today, attention and importance of a more diverse nursing workforce is increasing, as many experts believe that for the best care to be administered the workforce should be similar to the population it serves (Bleich et al., 2014). A recent estimate stated that while minorities compromise a third of the U.S. population they only account for 16.8% of the nursing workforce (Bleich et al., 2014; Carthon, Nguyen, Chittams, Parka & Guevara, 2014). Opposed to the workforce data, due to the extended awareness to increase the number of minority nurses, pipeline programs were implemented and the number of admitted students has risen; however, the graduation rates don’t reciprocate the increased number of admitted students (Bleich et al., 2014). The key to stopping this trend is to find out what is causing the decreased number of graduates; this is imperative to meeting the necessary number of minority graduate nurses. A brief review of the literature would indicate that perhaps the biggest reason for the poor graduation rates would be the lack of
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