" 18% of R.N. students are minorities." (pg 367, Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care-Rose Weitz *excellent book!)
Awhile ago I started a thread on the increasing cultural diversity of american citizens and how the nursing field is adapting to this. I neglected to a address a crucial aspect to creating a more receptive health care system for people of all ethnic backgrounds and that would be to have more diversity among nurses. Based on the quote above there seems to be little. Is this true though? To all you nursing students and working nurses- Are most of your co-workers and fellow students caucasian? If so why do you think that is? and are there steps being taken to encourage more diversity? I could come up with a few ideas on this, but I would like to hear the communities responce.
also check out the thread, "opening the nursing profession to spanish speakers."