Diversity in California’s Health Professions: Registered Nursing

Sep 2008

Concern over the lack of diversity in California’s RN population has been raised by educators, nursing leadership, private foundations, and policy makers. This issue brief is one in a series of briefs presenting a profile of California’s current and projected population, selected health professions workforce, and trended data describing selected health professions education programs in the state. In this brief we present data describing key demographic characteristics of the state’s Registered Nursing (RN) workforce including age, gender, and race/ethnicity; and trended enrollment data describing race/ethnicity for first-year enrollments in California’s pre-licensure RN programs.