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How To Transform A Health Crisis Into An Opportunity for Growth

Now more than ever, the promise of control appears to be everywhere. Every new magazine or book seems to say: "Take charge of your personal development, relationships, finances, and career with the push of a button." We download the apps, we make calendars and budgets, and we track our miles and our achievements with pedometers. But all the technology and planning in the world can't prepare us for the unexpected challenges of a health crisis.

Nursing + Stress + Less Sleep = Weight Gain?

It can be a struggle to embrace healthy habits after an exhausting day at work. The reasons are all too familiar: erratic hours, high stress levels, skipped meals, and, lack of motivation.

The Emancipation of the Patient

Huge changes are sweeping the health care landscape; electronic medical records (EMR), the resurgence of clinics as the point of care delivery, the medical home, care disparities, cost and financing issues, the Affordable Care Act, and the market-driven nature of medical care. But their significance, however, is not matched by one that is passionately mentioned in that list. It’s the primacy of the patient and their satisfaction.

From Nurse to Business Owner: Strategies to Succeed, Part 1

Do you know that being a nurse qualifies you for many unique business opportunities? Many nurses aren’t aware or don’t know how to capitalize from the knowledge they possess.

7 Ways to Boost Your Creativity: A Guide to Discovering Your Artistic Potential

Whether we're just starting on our path to serve in the health care industry, or already in service to our communities, there's no better time than now to remember that taking time to nurture our creative sides can be an asset to our careers.

Break a Bad Habit in Five Easy Steps!

We all have bad habits and, luckily, most of them are very forgivable. After all, we are all human and not perfect. But at work, employees' bad habits can lead to conflicts with coworkers and even being overlooked for a promotion.

Cancer Resources for Hispanics

Perhaps there's no disease as feared and diagnosis as dreaded as that of cancer. Here are a few health resources that your Hispanic patients can turn to for information, guidance, or help dealing with a possible or actual cancer diagnosis.

Hispanics and Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the #1 cause of death among Hispanics in this nation. (It overtook heart disease as the leading cause in 2012.) 

Nurse Residency Program: The Next Adventure

In three weeks I will begin the nurse residency program and take a step closer to my fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a nurse. Last month I received the coveted phone call from a facility I had applied to. After a long telephone interview and two panel interviews that spanned three months, I was offered a position in their nurse residency program. For those who do not know what a nurse residency program is, it is a bridge that takes the newly graduated nurse and aids in the transformation into a confident practitioner.

How to Stay Fit on 12 Hour Shifts

Nurses work long hours and have very demanding jobs, making it hard to manage a healthy exercise and eating plan. We preach healthy eating and exercise habits to our patients, but do we practice what we preach? What’s the best way to stay fit on 12 hour shifts?

Q&A on Diabetes and Hispanics with Dr. Angelica P. Herrera

Angelica P. Herrera, DrPH, MPH,an Assistant Professor in the Center for Aging Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, knows all too well the havoc that diabetes plays in the Hispanic community.

Nurses as "Champions of Coverage": Part 2

Today, October 1st, is the beginning of enrollment in online health insurance marketplaces nationwide. The exchanges are at the center of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the largest healthcare expansion this country has seen in nearly half a century.

The Affordable Care Act and How it Affects Nurses

The Affordable Care Act was introduced to provide all Americans with affordable health care coverage while lowering the burden of health care costs on individuals and the government. The act is designed to provide preventative care before the need for long-term care occurs. With the cost of doctor and nurse visits rising, it’s important to ensure access to health coverage is available to Americans. Additionally, our own health care employees need to be made aware of the effects the ACA has on their own health care.

Nurses as "Champions For Coverage": Part 1

The countdown to the institution of the historic Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) has started. October 1st is the first day for enrollment through each state’s Health Insurance Marketplace; coverage won’t actually kick in until January 1, 2014.

Strategies to Guard Against Burnout

The constant stress of dealing with physical and emotional demands as a nurse may leave you feeling exhausted, irritable and disconnected. Some days, it may be a struggle to head into work. You may find yourself increasingly needing a “mental health day” and calling in sick. 

Q&A with Arilma St. Clair, Hispanic Nurse & Leader

Leadership is a passion and a duty for Arilma St.Clair RN, MSN, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses District of Columbia (NAHNDC) Chapter President, and Occupational Health Nurse and Wellness Coordinator at Organizat

Using Nursing Skills to Resolve Conflict with Colleagues

I recently encountered a situation where I had to employ conflict resolution skills with a classmate I’ve gotten close to over our time in grad school. We studied together, sat together, and even shared the same clinical sites. To say the least—we were close. Maybe too close.

How Are You Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month?

Artist Frida Kahlo

Looking for special ways to celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans – one of the most culturally-rich, varied, and powerful minorities in the nation?

Here's an idea: Delve into Hispanic history, art, and music, such as the paintings of Frida Kahlo, pictured here.

Hispanic Nurses Face Unique Challenges

Despite having the bilingual skills so desperately needed in the nursing industry today, many Hispanic nurses face steep challenges in their nursing careers.

Thriving as an Older Student

Whether to fulfill a lifelong dream or to secure a dream job, you have decided to return to nursing school as a middle-age student. Congratulations! Many other nurses in their 40s, 50s and even 60s are enrolled or planning to head back to classrooms, too.

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