MH004 Diversity and Inclusion as a Human Resource
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MH004 Diversity and Inclusion as a Human Resource

MH004 Diversity and Inclusion as a Human Resource



NURS 6221 Managing Human Resources

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The purpose of this presentation is to:

  • Define diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Compare two different healthcare organizations.
  • Discuss leadership strategies relating to diversity and inclusion.


Diversity encompasses the combination of differences and similarities among individuals (Fried & Fottler, 2018). Characteristics of diversity include but are not limited to race, generation, age, disability, language, religion, and ethnicity (Fried & Fottler, 2018).


Inclusion refers to creating an environment where all individuals feel valued, respected, and supported (Fried & Fottler, 2018).

Prairie Ridge Health

Prairie Ridge Health is a 25-bed acute care hospital located in Columbus, WI, specializing in Orthopedics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Rehabilitation Services, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, and Rheumatology services (Prairie Ridge Health, n.d.a). The hospital employs over 300 individuals (Prairie Ridge Health, n.d.a). Prairie Ridge Health is committed to equal opportunity employment, ensuring individuals are not discriminated against based on various factors such as age, sex, race, religion, disability, and others (Prairie Ridge Health, n.d.b).

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is a 185-bed nonprofit community hospital situated in Sheboygan, WI, with core values centered around care, respect, competence, and joy (HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, n.d). The hospital boasts up to 500 employees and is part of the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) with a mission to provide high-quality Franciscan healthcare ministry for all people (HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, n.d).

Culture: Prairie Ridge Health

The hospital exhibits a diverse Board of Directors and has a workforce with varied demographics. The culture at Prairie Ridge Health promotes inclusion through coordinated employee activities and initiatives. However, the diversity of employees may be limited due to the rural area in which it is located.

Culture: HSHS St. Nicholas

Recognized as one of the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare in the U.S. in 2022” by Becker’s Healthcare, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital demonstrates a commitment to diversity, employee engagement, and professional development opportunities (Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), 2022). The hospital actively engages in partnerships within the community to promote workforce equity and diversity initiatives (Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), n.d).


Prairie Ridge Health, situated in a smaller community, faces challenges in achieving diversity within its workforce but endeavors to promote inclusion through cultural activities. In contrast, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, located in a larger and more diverse community, demonstrates a stronger commitment to diversity and inclusion through various initiatives and community partnerships.

Leadership Strategies

  • Maintain diversity and cultural competences as continuous priorities within the organization (Dreachslin et al., 2017).
  • Incorporate diversity initiatives at all levels, particularly middle management (Hegwer, 2016).
  • Implement cultural competency training as part of new employee orientation (Hegwer, 2016).
  • Utilize community partnerships to widen the candidate pool for both clinical and nonclinical positions (Hegwer, 2016).
  • Acknowledge diversity champions within the healthcare system through annual events or dinners (Hegwer, 2016).


Dreachslin, J. L., Weech-Maldondo, R., Jordan, L. R., Gail, J., Epané, J. P., & Wainio, J. A. (2017). Blueprint for sustainable change in diversity management and cultural competence: Lessons from the national center for healthcare leadership diversity demonstration project. Journal of Healthcare Management, 62(3), 171–185.

Fried, B. J., & Fottler, M. D. (2018). Fundamentals of human resources in healthcare (2nd ed.). Health Administration Press.

Hegwer, L. R. (2016). Building high-performing, highly diverse teams and organizations. Healthcare Executive, 31(6), 10–19.

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). (n.d). Diversity, equity & inclusion

NURS 6221 Assessment 4 MH004 Diversity and Inclusion as a Human Resource

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). (2022). HSHS named among the top 150 places to work in health care in the United States

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). (2023). Damond Boatwright named board chair of catholic health association’s board of trustees

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital. (n.d) About us

Prairie Ridge Health. (n.d.a) About us

Prairie Ridge Health. (n.d.b) Equal opportunity

Zippia. (2022). Prairie ridge health-hospital ceo and leadership

NURS 6221 Assessment 4 MH004 Diversity and Inclusion as a Human Resource