FIGURE 3-9 Distribution of registered nurses and the U.S. population by racial/ethnic background.

FIGURE 3-9 Distribution of registered nurses and the U.S. population by racial/ethnic background.

SOURCE: HRSA, 2010.

the cultural competence of nursing students and faculty.29 Strategies to increase diversity in nursing include

  • providing supervised clinical experiences for nursing and other health professional students at HNC;

  • offering group educational programs to community members and persons working in community agencies and one-to-one mentoring of community residents who are interested in a nursing career (which includes providing clinical experiences, taking participants to planning meetings, having them talk directly to student advisers at the School of Nursing, arranging experiences at the hospital or nursing home, and holding conversations with interested persons);

  • creating structured opportunities for nursing students and faculty to be engaged in service to the community so they can begin to comprehend the life experiences of the residents and be more sensitive to their needs when advising and creating recruitment programs;

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This section draws on a September 8, 2010, personal communication with Kay T. Roberts, Executive Director, Harambee Nursing Center.



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