The Nursing Workforce Is Less Diverse Than the Nation
Nurses play a critical role in expanding access, improving quality, and reducing the cost of health care for millions of Americans. But today’s nursing workforce is not nearly as diverse as the country.
Numerous studies find that a more diverse nursing workforce can provide care that is more culturally competent, offering benefits to patients, the health care system, and communities. As the Institute of Medicine's landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, notes, “Because nurses make up the largest proportion of the health care workforce and work across virtually every health care and community-based setting, changing the demographic composition of nurses has the potential to effect changes in the face of health care in America."
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