Going to a school and feeling like the only one can be a challenge...trust me! So therfore, I understands Sigma's concern of diversity in his school of choice. So many studies have shown that learning is more productive when it's in an enviroment where they see other's that look like them. As small as it may seem...I can believe it. Yes , there are papers out there. In fact, in undergrad, I researched something similiar and found that patients feel more comfortable talking to physicans of the same ethnic backround as them, are more likely to be honest about everything that's really going on with there health and home situation ( not being able to afford meds, etc.) without feeling shamed, and are more likely to trust the provider.
Someone try going to school with ONLY indians or ONLY Phillapino's and see how welcoming you'll feel. I'm sure you'll get the work done and probably will still succeed but let me know how comforting, relaxing and common it feels. I'm almost certain that the very one's posting why race is brought up is a non minority and therefore have no idea of the daily implications of race that STILL exists.. yes....in 2006. Just one recent reminder for me that racism still exists....the tech on my unit (caucasian) have been cleaning this patient all day, on and off bedpan, assisitng with bath, mouth care etc.... I, on the other hand, was FREQUENTLY coming in hanging blood, drawing labs, talking to pt's son (who indeed knew I was the RN because he's been ther sev times) about chest tubes, suctiong, manipulating the vent (me, African Amercian). The daughter, from out of town (caucasian) asked me if she could see the nurse that just left. She had a question about the labs for the day.After watching me perform all that was mentioned above she was referring to the tech. Til this day, i'm still trying to figure out how could she have thought that i was not the nurse. Who did she think I was...the housekeeper or the tech? Why did she assume the tech was the nurse? MMMM.....interesting, huh. The sad thing is, this goes on all the time.
Yes, we've come a long way but still have so far to go. As sigma mentioned, take a look at the pics on the AANA site..I totally agree with him and noticed it as well a few months ago. In summary, going to a diverse school is extremly important to some of us so who's to question why?