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Narrowing Racial Disparities in Nursing

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 30, 2012

As part of their training, OPEN students will work with local clinics serving minority, economically disadvantaged, and vulnerable populations.

Up north, the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst received an $892,559 grant from HHS for a three-year program to draw future nurses from minority and disadvantaged communities.

The school says the grant will help to fully fund a program called Achieving Diversity: A Comprehensive Approach to Nursing Workforce Diversity, which aims to increase the number of ethnic minority and disadvantaged high school students who choose and successfully prepare for careers in nursing.

It also aims increase the percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged students who successfully complete baccalaureate degree nursing programs and pass the National Council Licensure Examination.

Another HHS grant will allow the University of Michigan-Flint Nursing Department to offer 15 Health Resources and Services Administration Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.

Once again, it seems that increasing access to education for nurses has the potential to alleviate a number of ills. Helping to educate minority nurses will not only improve minority representation in nursing, but it will also add to the nursing workforce in general, and maybe even improve patient outcomes, which will help everyone.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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2 comments on "Narrowing Racial Disparities in Nursing"


DV (11/5/2012 at 2:58 PM)
Thank you for educating the public on the disparity between healthcare professionals & the populaltions they serve. The latesst Census figures cannot deny the fact the ethnic diversity has & is projected to continue to increase. Fact in cultural competence is that quality outcomes result when cultures match up or at least can become sensitive & educated to the cultures served. I know this hurts feelings, but that is why we have health disparities. This is by no mean affirmative action. I suggest those who are offended get educated & updated in health disparities and cultural competency. Thank you again for this informative article!

Ryan St.Michael (10/30/2012 at 6:56 PM)
1)Diversity(the artist formerly known as affirmative action) is racial discrimination. 2)The US Supreme Court is about to outlaw this form of affirmative action/diversity because it unconstitutional(read the 14th amendment.) 3) There is already a massive pool of qualified individuals of all races waiting to get into nursing school but no space is available. 4)The color of the skin of the nurse caring for a patient has zero bearing on the recovery from illness. 5) How is it possible to write one article so overloaded with false assumptions, non sequitur , and just plain fantasy parading as fact?