Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2021

Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Program Affiliation

Nurse Educator (NE)

First Advisor

Patricia L. Parker


Diversity in the nursing workforce lags behind the demographic of the national population; therefore, diversity of the student population must be enhanced in nursing education. While racial minority groups account for 40% and men account for 50% of the total population, only 20% of racial minority groups and 9% of men are represented in nursing. The Transcultural Nursing Theory serves as the theoretical framework for this study. A thorough review of the literature was conducted and analyzed. Several barriers to achieving diversity in nursing education exist including issues with recruitment and retention of diverse populations. Strategies for effective implementation techniques in the classroom will be discussed. Results revealed a need for faculty development, cross cultural mentorship, social, financial, and academic support, as well as institutional policy change in order to enhance diversity in the nursing workforce. More research is needed to develop strategies to effectively accommodate multiple diverse populations in the classroom simultaneously.

Included in

Nursing Commons