Diversity a Concept Analysis

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DIVERSITY: A CONCEPT ANALYSIS
TONYA BROOKS, AMY TALLEY, ANNAMMA THOMAS
TEXAS WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY

Abstract
The concept of diversity is one that individuals may not think of when they think of nursing. Diversity is a major component to nursing and the care that is provided to patients. In this concept analysis, antecedent, attributes and consequences of diversity are identified. The following antecedents are: race, social economy, knowledge, gender, and education level. The attributes of diversity are individual, variety, perception, difference and civilization. The consequences of diversity are as follows; acceptance, decision making, cultural competency qualifications, respect, degrading, trusts and mistrust. Model, borderline and contrary cases of diversity show great examples for the concept. A model is also provided for the concept analysis to provide a visual picture. All of these great details illustrate the concept of diversity so a better understanding can be provided for an individual.

Diversity is a core element in today’s society. However, this term is not very well defined and perceptions of the meaning of diversity often vary through multiple disciplines. The Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) plays an important role when it comes to diversity in the healthcare setting due to constant interaction with other individuals; however, lack of clarity on how to deal with diversity is lacking. In the health care setting, issues derived from diversity usually include difference in age, race, culture, gender, religion, socio-economic status, and educational level as related to patient care delivered by an APN. The concept diversity influences healthcare because everyone is different and has his or her own values and beliefs, which determines how a person views their healthcare experiences. Defining healthcare is the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions, such as the Advanced Practice Nurse (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 2009). In this paper, the concept diversity discusses its influence on advanced practice nursing and analyzes the conceptual antecedents, attributes, and consequences of diversity as it applies to the healthcare setting. Since Advanced Practice Nurses utilizes an individual definition of the concept of diversity, a concept analysis provides consistency in developing improved knowledge, definition, and understanding of the concept. After incorporating Walker and Avant’s procedures for theory analysis (2005), this concept analysis details: (a) selecting a concept – diversity; (b) identifying how diversity influences healthcare and advance practice nursing; (c) determining the aims and purposes of diversity; (d) illustrating the concept diversity as it relates to theory and practice; (e) identifying defining attributes, antecedents, and consequences of diversity; (f) formulating cases that displays the attributes of diversity; (g) examining empirical referents used in determining existence of the concept diversity; and (h) evaluating the Advanced Practice Nurse’s role in applying diversity in current nursing practices. Influence of Diversity on Healthcare

The Advanced Practice Nurse interacts with a multitude of patients every day. In addition, the patients come into the clinical setting whether it is a hospital or doctor’s office and rely on the expertise of the Advance Practice Nurse. Furthermore, patients expect a nurse to be competent in all areas including the concept of diversity from knowledge gained through education and experience. The goal of the Advanced Practice Nurse is to render holistic healthcare to all patients. According to Mosby, holistic healthcare is a system of comprehensive or total patient care that considers the...
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