2019 Nursing Workforce Diversity Conference

Madison, WI US
March 14, 2019


Join with others interested in enhancing diversity in the nursing workforce for networking, breakout sessions and a keynote presentation designed to transfer knowledge about best practices and spark new ideas about the value of heath equity in the delivery of health care.

The event kicks off with a career fair featuring employers from throughout Wisconsin. Sessions will inspire and address strategies for advocacy, recruiting and retaining more diverse nurses, and how individuals can integrate health equity into a future or current nursing practice.

Practice Gap and Needs

The United States and Wisconsin population is rapidly diversifying. By 2040, the racial/ethnic groups will not be in the minority. It is for this reason that the nursing workforce must work to intentionally recruit, retain, and graduate more nurses from diverse backgrounds. According to the Wisconsin Center for Nursing diversity report (2016), 95% of nurses in Wisconsin identify as white. According to the United States Census (2010), 79% of the Wisconsin population is white.

Studies indicate better health outcomes when the nurses are from similar cultural and linguistic backgrounds as their patients. It is critical that those responsible for recruiting and retaining nurses, as well as nurses themselves recognize the value of and advocate for health equity in the workplace and appreciate how it can lead to better patient outcomes.

Elements of Competence

This educational activity is designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties’ area of professionalism, and Nursing areas of values/ethics for interprofessional practice and roles/responsibilities.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Discuss how to be an advocate for health equity in the workplace (All)
  • Identify key features of contemporary nursing education, appraise current expectations of new nursing professionals, and distinguish how to set up the new nursing professional for success (UW-Madison Nursing Alumni, Health system diversity officers, Health system recruiters, Diversity and inclusion trainers/coordinators, Nursing faculty, and Practicing Nurses)
  • Recognize the value of health equity in the workplace and how it can improve nursing practice (All)
  • Describe inspiring opportunities in nursing and how individuals can integrate health equity into a future or current nursing practice (All)

Intended Audience

This activity is designed for pre-nursing students, nursing students, UW-Madison nursing alumni, health system diversity officers and recruiters, diversity and inclusion trainers/training coordinators with an interest in health, individuals from underrepresented populations with an interest in health care/nursing, nursing faculty, and practicing nurses.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 2.00 Iowa Board of Nursing Contact Hours
  • 2.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/14/2019 - 3:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
03/14/2019 - 6:45pm CDT


Thursday, March 14, 2019

3:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m.

UW-Madison, Signe Skott Cooper Hall

3:00-4:30 PM

     Career fair (Location: Curran Commons)

4:30 - 5:30 PM

     Breakout sessions - Choose one to attend

          Session one: From Health Disparities to Health Equity (Location: Auditorium)

          Session two: Recruiting & Retaining a Diverse Workforce (Location: Tiered Classroom)

          Session three: Alumni of Color (Location: Tiered Classroom)

5:30-5:45 PM


5:45-6:45 PM

     Keynote speaker: Rolanda Johnson, PhD (Location: Auditorium)

6:45 PM

     Conference closes





University of Wisconsin-Madison, Signe Skott Cooper Hall
701 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705
United States
+1 (608) 263-5200

Conference Attire

To ensure your comfort in the conference room, please bring a sweater or jacket to accommodate temperature variations.

Accreditation Statement

Jointly Accredited Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.







Credit Designation Statements

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) & Iowa Board of Nursing

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 ANCC and Iowa contact hours. The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350. A copy of the evaluation may be sent to the Iowa Board of Nursing, 400 SW 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 0.20 CEUs or 2.00 hours. 

Available Credit

  • 2.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 2.00 Iowa Board of Nursing Contact Hours
  • 2.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours

Please login or register to take this course.


Email help@icep.wisc.edu or call 608-262-7226.


Emergency situations occasionally occur and may necessitate topic or speaker changes. The University of Wisconsin School of Nursing and the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP reserve the right to alter or substitute a topic or speaker without prior notification.


For conference information please contact Tracy Mrochek at 920-279-2865 or tracy.mrochek@wisc.edu.