Nursing Diversity

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Nursing Diversity Startling Statistics

  • 87% of all Registered Nurses are Caucasian
  • But, in 2014: 62% of the U.S. population was Non-Hispanic White

Beginnings:

  • 1878: 33 year old Mary Eliza Mahoney is accepted into a nursing program.
  • She had worked 15 years in a hospital before that
  • At the time, the program only allowed in 1 African American, and 1 Jew in the class
  • 1879: Mahoney became first African American nurse in U.S.

Nursing Demographics Throughout History:

  • Number of nurses skyrocketed: from 10,000 in 1900 to 230,000 by 1930
  • In 1900 white men represented 80% of all male professional nurses, by the 1920s 98% of all such men were white
  • As of 1930 only 60% of African American male children were enrolled in school
  • 1910: 23% of all men self-identifying as professional nurses were African American, by 1930 that number dropped to only 10%
  • 98 years later: while RNs are still mostly white, there is greater diversity

2008 RN population:

  • 83.2% non-Hispanic white
  • 5.4% African American
  • 3.6% Hispanic
  • 5.8% Asian/Native Hawaiian
  • 0.3% American Indian/Alaska Native
  • and 1.7% multiracial nurses

2015 RN population:

  • There are 2,694,540 RNs in U.S.
  • 87% are Caucasian
  • 4.9% (133,041) are African American
  • 3.7% (93,415) are Asian or Pacific Islander
  • 2% (54,861) are Hispanic
  • 0.5% (13,040) are American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 1.2% categorize themselves as “multiracial” (two or more races)

Nurses employed full-time:

  • 77% of Hispanic/Latino RNs
  • 86% of African- American and Asian/Pacific Islander RNs
  • 70% of Caucasian RNs

Education:

2011 nursing students from minority backgrounds:

  • 26.8% were enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs
  • 26.1% in master’s nursing programs
  • 23.3% in research-focused doctoral nursing programs

Nurses with master’s or doctoral degrees

  • 11% are Black or African American
  • 10.4% are Caucasian
  • 8.4% are Hispanic

By 2060:

  • minorities will represent 50% of U.S. population
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Sandra Janowicz
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Keeley Jones
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