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Call for papers - Diversity in nursing

Guest Editors

Lila de Tantillo, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, Jacksonville University, Keigwin School of Nursing, United States of America
Juan Manuel Gonzalez, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-BC, CEN, CNE, FAANP, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, United States of America

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 20 August 2024


BMC Nursing is calling for submissions to our Collection on diversity in nursing. The field of nursing is powered by a varied and dynamic workforce, yet it faces challenges recruiting and retaining nurses and administrative leaders who are truly representative of the populations they serve. As such, it is imperative that we deepen our understanding of diversity within the profession, including factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, culture, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and disability. By embracing the complexities of diversity, we hope to foster a nursing profession that is not only reflective of our diverse societies but also equipped to provide truly personalized and equitable healthcare.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Lila de Tantillo, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, Jacksonville University, Keigwin School of Nursing, United States of America

Lila de Tantillo, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP-BC is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Research at Jacksonville University. Dr de Tantillo’s research is focused on health disparities, health equity, and access to care. Her work examines health system factors affecting the quality of care across populations. Her focus is to implement innovative and cost-efficient research methodologies to expand the inclusion of groups underrepresented in research. Dr de Tantillo is also a strong advocate for ethics in research and serves as vice chair of the Jacksonville University Institutional Review Board and a member of the Baptist Health Nursing Scientific Review Committee. 

Juan Manuel Gonzalez, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-BC, CEN, CNE, FAANP, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, United States of America

Dr Gonzalez is a distinguished Hispanic male nurse clinician, researcher, author, and faculty member who serves as a guest editor for BMC Nursing's special Collection on diversity in nursing. His commitment to advancing nursing knowledge and practice is evident in several published articles and book chapters. Dr Gonzalez's extensive background includes mentorship and advocacy for underrepresented minority students, providing a unique perspective on nursing diversity. His experiences in simulation, nursing education, and editorial roles underscore a profound understanding of the challenges faced by diverse nurses. As a triple board-certified nurse practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree and ongoing PhD pursuit, Dr Gonzalez's holistic viewpoint ensures a comprehensive evaluation of research in nursing diversity. Positioned to contribute significantly to this Collection, Dr Gonzalez aims to foster greater inclusivity and understanding in the nursing field.

About the Collection

BMC Nursing is calling for submissions to its Collection on diversity in nursing. The field of nursing is powered by a varied and dynamic workforce, yet it faces challenges recruiting and retaining nurses and administrative leaders who are truly representative of the populations they serve. As such, it is imperative that we deepen our understanding of diversity within the profession, including factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, culture, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and disability.  Interdisciplinary research efforts have already yielded important insights, revealing, for instance, that racially and ethnically diverse nursing teams are associated with improved patient outcomes and increased patient satisfaction, especially with regard to underserved communities. As we continue to advance our understanding of diversity within nursing, we can anticipate innovations in patient-centered care models, more effective educational approaches, and equitable healthcare policies. By embracing the complexities of diversity, we hope to foster a nursing profession that is not only reflective of our diverse societies but also equipped to provide truly personalized and equitable healthcare.

We invite contributions that explore diversity in nursing from various perspectives. Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultural competence and culturally responsive care: Papers examining strategies to enhance cultural competence among nursing professionals, improve the quality of culturally responsive care, and reduce health disparities among diverse patient populations.
  • Representation and workforce diversity: Research on the recruitment, retention, and career progression of underrepresented groups in nursing, with a focus on strategies to diversify the nursing workforce.
  • Intersectionality in nursing: Explorations of how multiple dimensions of diversity intersect and influence healthcare outcomes, clinical practice, and healthcare policy.
  • Inclusive nursing education: Innovations in nursing education that promote inclusivity, equity, and diversity, and their impact on student learning and clinical practice.
  • Patient-centered care: Studies on the influence of diversity in nursing on patient experiences, satisfaction, and outcomes, with a focus on personalized and culturally competent care.
  • Leadership and diversity: Investigations into the role of diverse leadership in healthcare institutions, its impact on organizational culture, and the promotion of diversity at all levels of nursing leadership.
  • Policy and advocacy: Analyses of policies and initiatives aimed at addressing diversity-related challenges in nursing, and their implications for healthcare equity and access.


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  1. This study explored the relationship between language confidence and job satisfaction, the mediating role of workplace discrimination, and the moderating role of immigration duration among foreign-born nurses ...

    Authors: Jing Hua, Akiko Kondo, Congcong Wang and Sambuu Ganchulun
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:450
  2. The ability of a nurse to make effective clinical decisions is the most important factor that can affect the treatment quality. However, several factors can affect the ability of nursing and midwifery students...

    Authors: Rafi Alnjadat, Eshraq Almomani, Lourance Al Hadid, Amer Al-Omari and Alaa Fraihat
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:424
  3. Fever is one of the most common clinical symptoms of respiratory diseases in children. Once the child has a fever, parents and caregivers are mainly concerned that the child may have a febrile convulsion. A la...

    Authors: Yuxiu Liu, Lan Zhang, Xiaotong Yan, Xin Wang and Yuqi Huang
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:402
  4. Gender sensitivity, which is the capacity to recognize and address issues of gender discrimination and inequality, is initiated with an awareness of gender differences. This is particularly crucial in nursing,...

    Authors: Sun Jeong Yun and Hye Young Kim
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:396
  5. Nursing presence depends on an individual’s belief system, truths, sensory experience, professional skills, and active listening. Thus, one may assume that presence occurs when nurses care for patients in a ki...

    Authors: Bernardine Smith, Precious Chibuike Chukwuere and Leepile Alfred Sehularo
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:367
  6. A growing share of male nurses in the nursing profession in Tanzania has changed the trend of diversity of nursing gender. This might have created a divergent perspective within the communities. Therefore, the...

    Authors: Racheal Mukoya Masibo, Stephen M. Kibusi and Golden M. Masika
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:353
  7. Understanding the emotional intelligence (EI) and self-esteem of Indian and Saudi nursing students is important because their future nurse–patient relationships may be influenced by factors related to their un...

    Authors: Lizy Sonia Benjamin, Eddieson Pasay an, K Vijayalakshmi, Aida Sanad Alqarni, Abeer Aseeri, Amal Alsulami, Ferdinand Gonzales, Romeo Mostoles Jr., Richard Maestrado, Benito Areola Jr., Analita Gonzales and Sumathi Robert Shanmugam
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:349
  8. Studying the public perception of nurses among nursing students is vital in establishing strategic solutions to recruit and retain more students in nursing programs and to contain nurses in the health care sys...

    Authors: Lailani Sacgaca, Eddieson Pasay an, Aida Sanad Alqarni, Petelyne Pangket, Salman Amish Alshammari, Magda Yousif Ramadan, Ameera Khaled Alonezei, Fatmah Ahmed Alamoudi, Insaf Hassan Ahmed Mohammed, Dolores Cabansag and Lizy Sonia Benjamin
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:298
  9. The increased number of emergency department visits among older adults living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease reflects the challenges of hospital discharge transition, especially in those from a cul...

    Authors: Latifah Jehloh, Praneed Songwathana, Luppana Kitrungrote and Anne Bourbonnais
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:273

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Diversity in nursing" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.