Next up in this week’s news for nurses I found an article over at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation site which does a lot to support nurses and the nursing profession. According to the article and research from the foundation Latinos are the most underrepresented minority in the nursing workforce.

Latino Nursing Students Face Educational Challenges

Female-NursesThis is particularly of concern since the latino population is the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. If nurses and the nursing profession wish to continue to grow in cultural awareness and competency then we need to include all groups in the profession and do what we need to do to actively recruit new latino nurses to nursing.

I urge you to read the article I have linked in the show notes for this week. There is a great overview of the issue and a story of one latino nurse, detailing the trials and tribulations she faced one the road to getting her degree. She had to first learn English as a child immigrant to the U.S. in public schools without adequate resources to help her the way she needed. She had to struggle to get her college education since her parents were farm workers and couldn’t afford to support her.

Only 3% of Nurses of Latino Background

Adriana Perez is now an assistant professor of nursing at Arizona State University. According to the article, only 3% of the nation’s nurses are latino, while the population of the U.S. is roughly 17% latino. By 2060, it is projected that latinos will comprise one third of the U.S. population. We need to do more to encourage and support latino nurses and nursing students.

Many of the reasons that latinos aren’t joining the nursing profession surrounds educational challenges they face in the course of their lives here in the U.S. Challenges with the language hinder their ability to advance into higher level and college prep classes in high school so they don’t get the science and math background needed to go into a healthcare profession.

Check out the additional points spelled out in the article and see what you can do to encourage latino students you come in contact with to become nurses. Our entire profession will become stronger for it.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – One Pill Killers, Pediatric Toxicology and Episode 314.



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