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Diversity in Nursing

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Latest Data  •  Funding Opportunities  •  Diversifying Student Population

Specialty Nursing Organizations


Latest Data and National Reports

Lessons Learned from the Evaluation of a National Scholarship Program for Traditionally Underrepresented Students in an Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Program
NCIN Policy Brief, June 2015

The Changing Landscape: Nursing Student Diversity on the Rise
AACN Policy Brief, July 2014

Enhancing Diversity in the Nursing Workforce
AACN Fact Sheet Containing the Latest Data, Updated March 2015

Race/Ethnicity Data on Students Enrolled in Nursing Programs
10-Year Data on Minority Students in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs

Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions
Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce, September 2004

In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce
Institute of Medicine, February 2004

Nursing Workforce: Shortage and Diversity
The California Endowment, 2003

Funding Opportunities for Minority Students

Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
Program provides $18,000 in financial assistance to graduate students from minority backgrounds who agree to teach after graduation.

This site maintains a listing of scholarship and fellowships for students from diverse backgrounds pursuing undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees.

AACN’s Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources for Nursing Students
Online resource includes links to dozens of funding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate nursing students, including many minority-focused programs.

Diversifying the Nursing Student Population

AACN Position Statement: Diversity and Equality of Opportunity
Endorsed by the AACN Membership October 1997

California Endowment-AACN Nurse Faculty Scholarship
Applications are no longer being accepted

Cultural Competency in Nursing Education Programs

Effective Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Nursing Programs
AACN Issue Bulletin Released December 2001

Men in Nursing Recruitment Efforts

Nursing Workforce Diversity Grants
Administered by HRSA, this federal program provides grants to schools of nursing to funds project that increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented among registered nurses.

Specialty Nursing Organizations and Related Groups

American Assembly of Men in Nursing

Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association

Association of Black Nursing Faculty

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association

National American Arab Nurses Association

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

National Black Nurses Association

National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nursing Associations (NCEMNA)

Philippine Nurses Association of America

Sullivan Alliance