Study: Nursing Workforce Is More Diverse, Educated and Male than Before

There is increased diversity in gender and race/ethnicity within the nursing workforce, according to a new study.

from Becker’s Hospital Review

A study, published in Nursing Outlook, found more males are becoming nurses: 8.8 percent of males became licensed in the 2004 to 2005 cohort compared to 13.6 percent in the 2014 to 2015 cohort. There has also been more diversity in the nursing workforce. The report found the percentage of white-non-Hispanic nurses who were licensed was 78.9 percent in 2007 to 2008 compared to 73.8 percent in 2014 to 2015.

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Feds Pay $8M+ to Promote ‘Diversity’ in STEM

The National Science Foundation recently issued 27 new grants totaling more than $8 million to promote “diversity and inclusion” in STEM fields.

from Campus Reform

The National Science Foundation has recently announced the launch of 27 new “diversity and inclusion” projects funded through grants of roughly $300,000 each through its NSF INCLUDES program, which seeks to develop STEM talent “from all sectors and groups in our society.”

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What’s the Missing Link for STEM Diversity?

The problem isn’t new and it isn’t going away by itself. But it is getting more and more attention. Mainly due to the fact that a diverse science and engineering workforce is absolutely critical for innovation, entrepreneurism, and a competitive national economy.

from World Economic Forum

Although women earn about half the bachelor’s degrees awarded in biology and chemistry, they are underrepresented in all other STEM disciplines – mathematics, computer science, earth sciences, engineering and physics. Women are half the population, but hold only 28% of science and engineering jobs.

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Female Docs Don’t Give Grand Rounds as Often as Men

The grand rounds podium is a coveted perch in medicine, a place where clinical leaders showcase their expertise—it’s also one women don’t reach as often as men.

from STAT

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday found that women are underrepresented as grand rounds lecturers in a wide range of clinical specialties. In a nationwide sample of medical schools and academic hospitals, a median of 26 percent of speakers were women. Meanwhile, women comprise 47 percent of medical students, 46 percent of residents, and 36 percent of faculty in the US.

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The Immigration Ban and The Physician Workforce

Harvard and MIT economists analyzed data regarding the contribution of physicians from banned countries to the health care workforce in the U.S.

from Health Affairs

The Executive Order restricting visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen has many legal, political, and moral implications. But here we will focus on the medical implications of the executive order, by considering its impact on the physician workforce in the United States and the patients that rely on these immigrant doctors.

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With Role Models, Can Minority Students Change Medicine’s Racial Imbalance?

The challenge is figuring out how to get more minorities into the field.

from STAT

Eight of Melissa Cornett’s 10 children want to be doctors. The oldest, at 29, hopes to become a family physician; the youngest, who’s “almost 9,” wants to be an ER doctor. Although they all have endured the typical bumps, bruises, and medical crises of childhood, they’ve only ever met two doctors who were black, like them.

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Teaching Medical Students to Challenge ‘Unscientific’ Racial Categories

Medical students looking to score high on their board exams sometimes get a bit of uncomfortable advice: Embrace racial stereotypes.

from STAT

Medical school curricula traditionally leave little room for nuanced discussions about the impact of race and racism on health, physicians and sociologists say. Instead, students learn to see race as a diagnostic shortcut, as lectures, textbooks, and scientific journal articles divide patients by racial categories, reinforcing the idea that race is biological. That mind-set can lead to misdiagnoses, such as treating sickle cell anemia as a largely “black” disease.

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