Florida Action Coalition (FL-AC)

Nova Southeastern University Increasing Ethnic Diversity in Nursing Responses

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Nova Southeastern University

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The Florida Action Coalition (n.d.) was created with the purpose to offer leadership in furthering the nursing profession. Its goal is for all people residing in Florida to receive safe, good quality care. Nurses should be an essential part in achieving this goal as well. Two issues that the field of nursing faces is diversity in the workplace and furthering nurses’ education. Diversifying the nursing workplace will help provide better healthcare. Weston et al. (2020) states that increased diversity in nursing will help healthcare quality and access and will help reduce health disparities. The research studied ways to improve diversity in the nursing workforce by focusing on cultural competence. The results found that cultural awareness helps recruitment and retainment rates which is the difficult part of achieving a diverse staff. If a diverse nursing profession can be achieved healthcare outcomes will improve. The issue involving the education of nurses is important to the nursing profession. The Florida Action Coalition (n.d.) states that in order for the United States to be a healthier country a strong group of nurses is essential. In order to have the best nurses, education is vital. One way to encourage nurses to further their education is by mandating them to do so. Clifford and Jurado (2018) studied the number of nurses who have no plans in attaining their bachelors’ degrees and their reasonings for not furthering their education. This survey is after a Magnet recognized hospital announced that they will require all their nurses to have BSNs by 2022. The study was helpful because it found out the reasons why nurses who do not have their baccalaureate degrees are hesitant to getting them. With this knowledge strategies can be put forth to help nurses further their education. Nurses can play a role in policy and advocacy at institutional, local, and state levels. Annesley (2019) discusses how health policy relies on nurses to connect policy and practice. Nurses can influence policy at a local level by implementing changes at their current workplaces. At a state level, nurses can advocate for state initiatives regarding the practice rights of advance practice nurses. Allowing nurse practitioners to receive full practice rights provides more patients with access to healthcare. At the institutional level, nurses can be involved in policy by joining national organizations that advocate for different healthcare issues.


Annesley, S. H. (2019). The implications of health policy for nursing. British Journal of Nursing, 28(8), 496–502. https://doi-org./10.12968/bjon.2019.28.8.496

Clifford, M. E., & Jurado, L.-F. M. (2018). The impact of an all BSN workforce policy. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Research, 8(2), 60–67.

Florida Action Coalition. (n.d.). Campaign for action. Retrieved April 12, 2021, from https://campaignforaction.org/state/florida/

Weston, C., Wise Matthews, D., Pittman, A., & Montalvo-Liendo, N. (2020). One in diversity: Obtaining nursing excellence in diversity and opportunities for improvement. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 27(3), 69–73.


Florida Action Coalition (FL-AC)

The purpose of the FL-AC is to “provide leadership in advancing the nursing profession so that Floridians can access safe, high quality health care” (Florida Action Coalition, n.d.). According to their website, the vision of FL-AC is: Everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by nurses as essential partners in providing care and promoting health equity and well-being. The FL-AC working strategic plan emphasizes several goals such as 1) supporting effective and sustainable deliverables that empower nursing leadership roles and impact diversity and cultural competency in healthcare initiatives, 2) promoting academic education, professional development, and lifelong learning to enhance nurses’ competence in patient care, leadership, and healthcare policy advocacy to advance population health, and 3) building partnerships to sustain the value of the FL-AC (Florida Action Coalition, 2020, p. 10).

Nursing Issues

Based on recommendations by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Campaign for Action works on several issues to strengthen nursing. Two issues facing nursing over the next ten years involves improving access to care and increasing diversity in nursing. Improving access to care has been identified as an important nursing issue that can be addressed through health policy. In order to improve access to care, nurses must be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training. A Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) practice was developed to standardize regulations and licensing (Mack, 2018). Moreover, Mack (2018) explains the implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN practice to eliminate practice barriers which will standardize the regulatory process, increase practice mobility across states, and most notably increase the access to care nationwide. Increasing diversity in nursing has been identified as a national priority and another important nursing issue. Nurses from underrepresented populations have been on the rise in the nursing workforce; however, the distribution of nurses is still not representative of the population in the United States (Noone et al., 2020). Consequently, Noone et al. (2020) describes innovative programs to address nursing workforce diversity that focuses on improving admission, retention, and graduation of diverse nursing students. Furthermore, the impact of achieving nursing workforce diversity contributes to culturally competent care in an effort to resolve health inequities (Noone et al., 2020).

Policy & Advocacy Involvement

Nurses can become involved in policy and advocacy at the institutional, local, and state levels. For example, The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action coordinates action coalitions in every state and Washington, D.C. Therefore, nurses can get involved by joining their state’s action coalition. Additionally, nurses can attend events such as meetings, webinars, and teleconferences for the opportunity to connect with nursing leaders and experts to discuss priority issues in nursing.


Florida action Coalition. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2021, from https://campaignforaction.org/state/florida/

Florida Action Coalition. (2020). Florida Nurse68(1), 10.

Mack, R. (2018). Increasing access to health care by implementing a consensus model for advanced practice registered nurse practice. Journal for Nurse Practitioners14(5), 419–424. https://doi-org.ezproxylocal.library.nova.edu/10.1016/j.nurpra.2018.02.008 (Links to an external site.)

Noone, J., Najjar, R., Quintana, A. D., Koithan, M. S., & Vaughn, S. (2020). Nursing workforce diversity: Promising educational practices. Journal of Professional Nursing36(5), 386–394. https://doi-org.ezproxylocal.library.nova.edu/10.1…