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Eat Your Water and Beat the Heat This Summer

It’s a fact: When temperatures rise, it’s even more important you get the doctor recommended 9 cups of daily fluids for women and 12 for men. Water is your best choice for hydration. After all, it’s non-caloric, sugar-free, and caffeine-free. It's also a better thirst quencher than sugar-laden drinks.

In the Spotlight: Harmon P. Mercer

Harmon P. Mercer, RN, MS, CCRN, night education specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, is passionate about adult education. He has enjoyed a long career in both the military and private sectors. He started working at Mount Sinai in 1998 in the NICU unit after receiving a nursing degree and serving in the military as captain in the Army Nurses Corp. He is currently working toward his PhD from Adelphi University while maintaining his position at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

How to Tackle Nurse-on-Nurse Bullying

It’s common knowledge that bullies are mean, manipulative and moody. But do you know what to do when the bully is your boss?

Bullies exist in every workplace, but when nurses harass other nurses their harmful behavior can also affect patient care and safety.  

In the Spotlight: Corinna Hughes

Corinna Hughes, recent recipient of one of three Minority Nurse scholarships, is thrilled to be on her nursing school path and excited about where it will take her.

Should You Relocate? Three Things to Consider

Have you ever dreamed of living in another region? Have you often wondered if your location is a career roadblock?

In the Spotlight: Margarita C. Treviño

Margarita C. Treviño, RN, MS, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Treviño is director of an online Spanish-language public health certificate program in Latin America that the UT Arlington College of Nursing began earlier this year.

Interview Tips for Shy Nurses

Most nurses feel anxiety during a job interview. If you are shy or introverted, you know that extreme nervousness can lead to a poor performance. But with preparation, even the shyest personalities can walk into an interview and impress instead of underwhelm, say hiring managers and recruiters.

Minority Nurse Magazine Summer Issue Is Now Live!

Head on over to the magazine section to see it!



Four Tips for Nurses Short on Zzzz’s

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Nurses try to skinny by with an average of only 6.8 hours of sleep on their workdays, say sleep experts, though our bodies require an average of seven to nine hours of quality sleep. Can you say sleep deficiency? Sleep experts say nurses must practice good “sleep hygiene,” in order to fall and stay asleep, then wake up feeling refreshed. Here we focus on the top four steps to sleepy-time.

Effective Communication Starts with “I”

Despite what your English teacher told you, sometimes starting every sentence with “I” is a really great way of getting your point across.

Deciding to Pursue a Career in Academia

A career in academia can be immensely rewarding. It can also be frustrating and overwhelming, especially to those working their way up the ladder.

Feeling Drowsy? Gauge Problem Sleepiness

It’s tough to remain fresh and alert during an 8-hour shift, a 12-hour shift is tougher still, but either shift at night is toughest of all. Our bodies require, on average, seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night.

In the Spotlight: Dr. Jonas Nguh

Dr. Jonas Nguh, Academic Department Chair, BSN Program, Kaplan University, has been a nurse for 15 years, working his way up the nursing ranks from a certified nursing assistant to registered nurse and doctoral degree from Walden University in Public Health. He is passionate about his work and strives to bring more male minority nurses into the profession.

Eat More (at Home), Stress Less

Recent research from the folks at the Pew Charitable Trusts suggests there may be a tie between stress and eating. (Shocking, isn’t it?) People who are frequently stressed report that they often overeat, and worst yet -- they often eat junk food.

Four Steps to Diffusing a Tense Work Situation

We all know that feeling – the awful twist in the pit of your stomach when a situation at work has just elevated from annoying to tense. Maybe a colleague took credit for your good work or your boss made an inappropriate comment about your personal life.

In the Spotlight: Nalo Hamilton

Nalo Hamilton, Ph.D., MSN, APRN-BC, is an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. She started out as a biochemist and later decided she could make a greater impact in the healthcare field as a nurse.

Resume Tips for Minority Nurses

With the number of nursing jobs on the rise, there are plenty of opportunities to break into this stable and growing field. There is also plenty of competition. The good news is there are many ways to stand out, particularly if you are a minority looking to break into the nursing profession.

In the Spotlight: Lubaba Mohammed

Lubaba Mohammed says people often describe her as persistent, so it is no surprise that 23 years after earning her associate's degree in nursing in her native Ethiopia, Mohammed just attained one of the biggest goals she set for herself – attaining her BSN.

Maximize Your Salary as a New Nurse

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You’ve just finished your nursing degree and you’re ready for your first nursing job. Or perhaps you have only been a nurse for a year or two and you’d like to increase your salary. What can a new nurse expect to make in today’s job market?

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.


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