Date of Paper/Work

12-2016

Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Emily W. Nowak

Abstract

The nursing profession is dedicated to the promotion of wellbeing for all; however, significant disparities exist in patient populations who are underrepresented in the nursing workforce. The literature reports that increasing diversity in the nursing workforce can lead to improved patient outcomes, increased range of services, a greater understanding of patients’ illness and a more holistic approach to wellbeing for all. Nurses who reflect the communities they serve, support patients to make better healthcare decisions based on a better understanding of their patients life experiences, family dynamics and perspectives of their patient/client population. These aforementioned qualities have the potential to lead to improved outcomes for high-risk populations

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