The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing Report challenged the profession to increase the diversity of its workforce. The IOM challenge is to educate a nursing workforce that mirrors the population being cared for in any community. According to a 2013 survey conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, nurses from minority backgrounds represent 19% of the registered nurse (RN) workforce (AACN, 2016). This study further breaks down the RN population by ethnicity: 83% White/Caucasian; 6% African American; 6% Asian; 3% Hispanic; 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native; 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; and 1% other nurses. Therefore, the IOM challenge to educate a diverse nursing profession is critical to provide a workforce that mirrors the population.
To help nurse educators appreciate the experience of Hispanic nursing students, Dr. Amarilys Diaz presents her dissertation titled "Factors Contributing to the Completion Success of Recently Graduated Hispanic BSN Students". Dr. Diaz earned her BSN from the University of Puerto Rico, her MSN from Florida International University, and her PhD from Capella University. She is currently an associate professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing.