Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Nursing Workforce: A Focus on Maternity Care

Katy B. Kozhimannil, Jennifer Almanza, Rachel Hardeman, J'Mag Karbeah

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Racial and ethnic inequities in health are a national crisis requiring engagement across a range of factors, including the health care workforce. Racial inequities in maternal and infant health are an increasing focus of attention in the wake of rising rates of maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. Efforts to achieve racial equity in childbirth should include attention to the nurses who provide care before and during pregnancy, at childbirth, and postpartum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-179
Number of pages10
JournalPolicy, Politics, and Nursing Practice
Issue number3
Early online dateMar 27 2021
StatePublished - Aug 2021

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Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge insights provided by Rebecca Polston, CPM. The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Funding support this article came from the George Washington University School of Nursing and the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement.

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  • health care workforce
  • health equity
  • maternal and child health
  • maternity care nursing

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