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Wearing Rose-Colored Glasses?

If your outlook on life is bright and sunny, rather than dark and gloomy, you have a head start towards health and well-being. On the other hand, if you’re a pessimist you may want to lighten up and develop a positive mental attitude. You’ll reap many rewards.

4 Simple Ways to Squeeze Extra Time Out of Your Day

Any nurse will tell you life is busy. Long work hours are enough to make anyone fall behind, but add family obligations, possibly classes, volunteer time, and the never-ending errand list and life gets pretty booked.

In the Spotlight: Annette Russell

Annette Russell, RN, BSN, MSN, MHA, is a seasoned nurse who decided it was time for a big change in her career last year.

Our 2013 Scholarship Winner

And the winner is…

Helping AAPI Populations Address Health Disparities

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population is often perceived as being one of the healthiest ethnic groups in the Unites States.

Understanding Lupus

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. There are many forms of arthritis, but one in particular disproportionately affects minority women: lupus.

In the Spotlight: Nancy Loera

If her nursing school career is any indication, when Nancy Loera, 28, sets her sights on a goal she can’t be stopped.

And the Second Runner-Up Is...

Each year, Minority Nurse offers scholarships to three outstanding individuals pursuing a career in nursing. Last week, we announced Corinna Hughes as a runner-up of our 2013 scholarship. And the second runner-up is...

How to Deal with a Personal Crisis Professionally

Is there ever a good time for a personal crisis to rear its ugly head? When you are in an already high-stress job like nursing, the short answer is generally no.

Six Facts about Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Use

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has designated May 12 -18, 2013, as NCADD Alcohol & Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week. It is designed to increase knowledge about the effects of drugs and alcohol in newborn babies. We want every child to be healthy, so it’s important to understand how illicit substances can affect growth and development. Here are six facts everyone should know.

Minority Nurse Scholarship Announcement

Each year, Minority Nurse offers scholarships to three outstanding individuals pursuing a career in nursing. We received an overwhelming number of applications this year and selecting our winners was no easy task! Several of our applicants had an impressive academic background as well as a dedication to community service, and we commend each of you for your compassion and stellar work ethic. Unfortunately, we could only select three winners so an outstanding GPA alone was not enough. We took into account your personal struggles as well as your devotion to your families and your communities. After much deliberation, we have chosen our 2013 winners. And the first runner-up is…

Make Your Conference Visit Even Better

If your ideal day is spent in the presence of other like-minded professionals, attending a conference, whether it is a broad-scope nursing conference like that of the American Nurses Association or a conference geared specifically toward minority nurses

Happy Nurses Week!

As many of you know, this week is National Nurses Week. Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6th to May 12th, which marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. So from all of us here at Minority Nurse, a happy Nurses Week to you!

The Latest Minority Nurse Magazine Is Now online!

This, our Spring 2013 issue includes our 1st Annual Salary Survey!

Nurses, Get a Move On...

We’ve all heard the advice to exercise regularly and the promise that that will help to reduce stress and improve mood, in addition to all the good stuff it does for the waistline. So why isn‘t everyone active?

Switching Specialties: How to Make the Switch

Have you considered switching from your current nursing specialty to another? Figuring out your next career move can sometimes be tricky – especially if you want to make the leap to a completely new area of nursing. But it is possible and is common in the nursing industry today.

In The Spotlight Series: Dianna Cobb

Dianna Cobb, manager of the cath and interventional labs at both Indiana University Health’s North Hospital and Saxony Hospital, would love to see more minority nurses. Not only do minority nurses more accurately reflect the patient population, she says, but they also can rise to leadership positions where they bring diversity to the boardroom.

Unwind After Work

Unwind After Work

Sometimes the best part of work is leaving it behind. When you want a “do-over” after a difficult day, plunge into an activity that you enjoy. Even if you only have 15 minutes to devote to it.

Four Signs You Are Ready to Go Back to School

No matter what level of education they have already completed, lifelong nurses never seem satisfied with the status quo. They want to learn as much as they can, especially as developments in the medical world continue to change daily.

Why Men Should Consider Joining the Nursing Field

Although nursing has historically been a female-dominated field, its reputation as a “women only” profession is gradually diminishing.  Even though the percentage of men in nursing is still disproportionately small (only between 9-10%) , because the nursing field is so wide open, more and


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