America is a culturally diverse country. To better meet America’s health needs and contribute to a Culture of Health, the nursing workforce needs to reflect diversity. Increasing the number of nurses from different backgrounds, including races, gender and ethnicities, will contribute to better health and health care for all.

People will be able to understand that such diversity will ultimately increase health equity and help transform the way people get their health care.

Institute of Medicine’s report “The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health” was a call for action to increase the diversity in nursing.

Presenting the changes from 2009 to 2017.


American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Enrollment & Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing (series);

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Completions Survey (series); US Census Bureau, Population Division