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In the Spotlight: LaDonna L. Christian

Boston-based nurse LaDonna L. Christian, RN, MSN, APHN-BC, went from being a volunteer candy striper growing up to her current role as Associate Professor of Practice – Nursing at Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Director of the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program – where she strives to increase the number of minority nurses in the workforce. From the time she was a young child, she knew her calling – to be a nurse.

Team Up with Administration to De-Stress

As a nurse, you’re highly effective at taking care of patients. Taking care of yourself in a pressure-cooker workplace? Not so much. There are things you can do as an individual to de-stress, such as improving communication or time management skills. But whatever you do on a personal level may simply not be enough.

Tips For Working Feet

Nurses make a living on their feet so it’s crucial you take care of them. Supportive shoes and proper foot care are essential. The miles logged during years of 12-hour shifts can create more than foot problems. Can you find the time to adopt a foot care regime? Unlike shoes, you only get one pair of feet to last a lifetime. Check out these tips for to keep your feet healthy.

Dietary Guidelines Say: Your Plate is Half-Full…

It’s simple but it’s not easy. Eating nutritious foods and staying hydrated is vital to fueling up for this physically challenging nursing profession. Plus, a nurse’s energy has to last up to 12 hours, sometimes without a break to rest, let alone eat, during a shift.

6 Ways to Figure Out If a Job Offer Is Right for You

Weighing the pros and cons of a job offer might seem silly when you just need a job, but making sure you have found the right position can mean the difference between a successful career move and one that could set you back.

Preparing for Nursing School

Nursing school is tough, and it’s only going to become harder. One of the major challenges that nursing students face is the transition from being a pre-nursing student to a nursing student. Read on to find out how to make the transition.

Nominate an Outstanding Healthcare Professional

Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of healthcare apparel, is accepting nominations for its 11th annual Inspired Comfort Award. The award recognizes nurses, nursing-school students, and other non-physician healthcare professionals who have taken extraordinary and inspiring steps to serve their patients and their communities. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2013.

Wearing Rose-Colored Glasses? Part 2

You can go from pessimist to optimist and enjoy the good health benefits of a sunny outlook. The secret? Positive self-talk. You can learn how to talk to yourself to boost well-being, but it does take practice. Here’s how.

5 Ways Meditation Can Help You

Let's get two myths about meditation out of the way: yes, you have the time to meditate and no, you don't have to sit still to meditate. Busy nurses can reap meditation's benefits – they just have to commit a few minutes a day!

In the Spotlight: Marcia Lowe

Marcia Lowe, MSN, RN-BC, advanced nursing coordinator at UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL, knows the importance of serving as a mentor to other nurses. Lowe has been a nurse for 30 years and is currently working toward her PhD at the UAB School of Nursing in Birmingham, AL. Here she shares her career path and advice for other nurses – including why she feels it’s important for nurses to be lifelong learners.

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.

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