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With greater diversity comes:
It’s about the people: To meet the nation’s healthcare needs, address health inequities in historically underserved communities, and improve access to care, we need students, faculty, staff, and academic leaders who reflect the people we serve (AACN, 2020).
It’s about the environment: We need learning environments that embrace diversity and inclusion so that diverse faculty, staff, and students can flourish.
It’s about the subject matter/content: Curricula that respond to the health needs of all populations are essential so that students learn to care for diverse populations in culturally responsive ways (NLN, 2016).
Developing nursing pipeline programs to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of students from underrepresented groups.
These programs provide academic and financial support along with mentorship to promote student success (NLN, 2016).
Creating a nursing workforce of clinicians, educators, scholars, and leaders who will provide high quality, culturally appropriate and congruent health care.
Intentional curricular change to foster advocacy and an appreciation of nursing’s moral responsibility to health equity and social justice.
Implementing evidence-based recruitment practices and admissions redesign aimed at increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups into the nursing profession.
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