In recent years, there have been ongoing efforts across various nursing programs to attract students from different backgrounds.
Campaign for Action, an organization founded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the AARP Foundation, and AARP, works to help people live healthier and longer lives by bolstering the power of nursing. One of the organization’s aims is to promote policies, programs, and best practices to ensure diversity in the nursing ranks. It also works to promote health equity and address systemic and institutional racism.
Another organization, Exceptional Nurse, strives to provide resources for nurses and nursing students with disabilities — who can often be overlooked when discussing diversity in the nursing profession. Breaking down gender stereotypes may be critical to drawing more men into the nursing workforce. There are dedicated support systems in place for male nurses, such as the American Association for Men in Nursing.
In 2018, the AACN formed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group (DEIG) to provide expert guidance to both the AACN and its member schools on ways to explore long-term, sustainable, and strategic goals that are designed to promote and support diversity in the nursing field. In 2021, that organization became the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Leadership Network (DEILN), which furthers initiatives to improve inclusion, equity, and diversity in the nursing workforce and academic nursing.