A Concept Analysis of Diversity

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Diversity has many definitions but only one true meaning. This concept Analysis is dedicated to exploring the broadened sense of diversity through active concepts with respect to term usage, and current literature research to support the understanding and relevance of the term itself. Search Terms: Diversity, Ethnic Variety, and Variation Introduction: Definition The dictionary definitions for the term “Diversity” are fairly similar in nature. The American Heritage Dictionary describes the following “The fact or quality of being diverse; difference” and also “A point or respect in which things differ…variety or multiformity”. Merriam-Webster describes the definition as “…Being composed of differing elements” and goes on to state, “the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization”. This definition shows much more regard for people that are multi-cultural. Dictionary.com describes another angle saying “A point of difference”. The Encarta online dictionary has, in my opinion, one of better definition sets. They state “A variety of something such as opinion, color, or style” and “…socioeconomic and gender variety, in a group, society, or institutions…a company committed to diversity”. After exploring the various definitions, I noticed that the terms may be interchangeable, but the words are used laterally. When discussing related terms (Synonyms & Antonyms), we can begin to build our own definition, of which I will discuss later in this paper. I will list some of the synonyms related to diversity. Since there are multiple results, I will list the related terms that seem to best articulate the word diversity. Synonyms: array, assortment, choice, coll... ... middle of paper ... ... on human diversity. In V. D. Ferguson (Ed.), Educating the 21st century nurse: Challenges and opportunities (pp. 69-90). New York: National League for Nursing Press. Heller, B. R. , Oros, M. T., & Durney-Crowley, J. (2000). The future of nursing education: 10 trends to watch. Nursing and Health Care Perspectives, 21(1), 9-13. Donnelly, P. L. (2000). Ethics and cross-cultural nursing. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 11(2), 119-126. Diversity. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved January 23, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Diversity The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Diversity
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