Why does Diversity in Nursing Matter?

        Diversity in Nursing is a popular topic in the world of Nursing. But, why is diversity an issue and what can we do to make improvements? I have noticed people and some nurses; really do not understand the issue of diversity in nursing. In addition, why is diversity in nursing the elephant in the room?  There is a need to have diversity in the population of nurses because of the diverse population of patients. Let’s review the statistics and ethnicities in nursing: How do minority nurses self-identify? (Minoritynurse.com, 2016) 9.9% of RNs are Black or African American (non-Hispanic); 8.3% are Asian; 4.8% are Hispanic or Latino; 1.3% categorize themselves as two or more race; 0.4% are American Indian or Alaskan Native. Let’s review the statistics and ethnicities of the US population: What is the US population identifying? (infoplease.com/us/census.html, 2016) 12.3% are Black or African American (non-Hispanic); 3.6% are Asian; 12.4% are Hispanic or Latino; 2.4% categorize themselves as two or more race; 0.9% are American Indian or Alaskan Native. TABLE: US POPULATION VS MINORITY NURSES Ethnicities (2016) US Population Minority Nurses Minority Nurses Needed by 2020 Black or African American 9.9% 12.3% 2.4% Asian 8.3% 3.6% +4.7 % (surplus) Hispanic or Latino 4.8% 12.4% 7.6% Two or more races 1.3% 2.4% 1.1% American Indian/Alaskan 0.4% 0.9% 0.5%   The table above list the needs in the minority community related to the US population and minority nurses. There is a need for more minority nurses to equal the population of the United States. Of all the ethnicities listed the Asian minority has the surplus of nurses....

Celebrate International Women’s Month

International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909. In the USA, there was first a Women’s Day on March 8th, and then the USA expanded to a designated National Women’s Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to the month and March was declared Women’s History Month. Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the world. The Profession of Nursing is female dominant. Women are the largest population of caregivers in the world. Women provide the most amount of assistance to younger and older family members. We have to celebrate nurses & caregivers during Women’s History Month. Top Reasons to celebrate Nurses during International Women’s Month An estimated 94% women to 6% Men in Nursing. (www.rwjf.com) Everyone will need a nurse from birth to death. (www.rwjf.com) We need more nurses due to the 1,000,000 nurse shortage. (www.rwjf.com) Top Reasons to celebrate Caregivers during International Women’s Month An estimated 66% of caregivers are female/women. (www.caregiver.org) An estimated 20% of all female workers in the United States are family caregivers. (www.caregiver.org) Nurses and caregivers have to be represented in International Women’s History Month. Whether you are an Advanced Practice Nurse, Registered Nurse, New Graduated Nurse, RN, LPN, CNA or Caregiver then International Women’s History Month is for you.   Nicole M. Brown, MSN, RN Founder: The Nurse Dolls Founder: Nursing Success College http://www.thenursedolls.com/ http://nursingsuccesscollege.com/...

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