Wisconsin Center for Nursing Diversity Taskforce
The Wisconsin Center for Nursing analyzes nursing workforce data to assure an adequate, competent and diverse workforce for the people of Wisconsin. We promote strategies to increase the number of diverse nurses who practice in Wisconsin to achieve a workforce that is representative of the state’s increasingly diverse population.
The purpose of the WCN Diversity Taskforce was to review current strategies that promote diversity and to make recommendations for inclusion in the 2013 State Nursing Workforce Plan.
The WCN Diversity Taskforce began its work on March 9, 2012. The taskforce was comprised of members from throughout Wisconsin representing educational programs, health systems and diverse populations.
The WCN Diversity Taskforce embraces the 1997 AACN Position Statement which states – “Diversity includes consideration of socioeconomic class, gender, age, religious belief, sexual orientation, and physical disabilities, as well as race and ethnicity. Diversity and equality of opportunity recognize that individuals learn from exposure to and interaction with others who have backgrounds and characteristics different from their own. Promoting diversity facilitates equality of opportunity.” http://www.aacn.nche.edu
The Taskforce also fully espouses the efforts of the Future of Nursing™ Campaign for Action, “ supporting the importance of a diverse workforce and helping to prepare the discipline of nursing to care for a substantially increasing diverse population—ultimately to help narrow the health care disparities gap.” http://campaignforaction.org/campaign-progress/promoting-diversity
The Workplan of the Taskforce focused on the following objectives: (see Purpose & Objectives Workplan.pdf)
The WCN Diversity Taskforce completed its work in December, 2012. A formal report of the findings and recommendations of the Taskforce was presented at the June 10, 2013 'Cultivating a Diverse Nursing Workforce' Conference in Wisconsin Dells. .