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A Sept. 12 article on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website details challenges to recruiting more Latinos into the nursing profession.

“Advocates Work to Recruit Latinos to Nursing,” discusses how in 2013, Latinos comprised 3% of the nation’s nursing workforce, according to a survey by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the National Forum of State Workforce Centers, and 17% of the nation’s population, according to a U.S. Census Bureau fact sheet. “Recruiting more Latino nurses is about more than parity in the nursing workforce; it’s about improving health and healthcare for Latinos, who have disproportionately high rates of HIV transmission, teen pregnancy, and chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes…” according to the article. “Latinos also are less likely to have healthcare coverage than other racial or ethnic groups.”

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