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The lack of minority representation in the nursing profession has been an area of concern for quite some time because of its direct correlation on the health of our nation. However, the lack of minority representation in the nursing workforce and on baccalaureate (BSN) college campuses persists. Students from underrepresented backgrounds comprise 26.6% of entry-level nursing baccalaureate programs (AACN, 2014) and 16.8% of the nursing workforce (HRSA, 2010), yet 32% of the US population is from a racially or ethnically diverse background (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). The numbers of diverse nurses who are in practice pales in comparison to the numbers of diverse patients who receive care in the United States. With the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) initiative to increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN degree by 2020, it is important to understand what factors are hindering diverse students from initially pursuing baccalaureate nursing education.

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Higher Education | Nursing

Factors That Hinder Underrepresented Minority ADN Students from Initially Pursuing Baccalaureate Nursing Education