Title : Minority Professor Shortages
Teaching in the field of nursing is a rewarding experience and an opportunity to give back to nursing. Education in the faculty role allows for providing insight into current practices based on lived experience and present evidence-based guidelines. Overall, Caucasians and Asians are overrepresented in nursing in comparison to African American and Hispanic nurses (Salvucci and Lawless, 2016). As a result of this disparity, there are also problems with equal representation of a minority nurse faculty (Salvucci and Lawless, 2016). However, we have more work to do in the recruitment and retention of minority nurse faculty. There are overwhelming amounts of candidates with clinical experience as registered nurses or nurse practitioners (Pettway, 2018). Students more than ever need to see someone who “looks like me” at some point in their curriculum with whom they identify with (Conner et al., 2019). This is important in ensuring self-efficacy is present throughout their program (Conner et al., 2019). Colleges and universities must consider diversity within the workplace, particularly for nursing. This is an initiative for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Their initiative involved the inclusion of a diversity of both students and faculty in schools of nursing across the country. An inclusive learning environment can be shaped by the active recruitment of minority faculty (O’Conner et al., 2019). Should there be a representation of diversity in the hiring process, such as within a search committee? This endorsement by AACN is a step in the right direction in the solution to improving a diverse workplace and learning environment for students. Recognition is the first step in making strides to consider those who are minorities from diverse backgrounds.