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....

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