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National Minority Health Month Ending, But Commitment Continues

As we approach the end of April, let’s not forget National Minority Health Month, and its theme - “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity.” As a nurse, you can continue in the coming months to champion the U.S.

Explore Nursing Career Options

Of all the things that make a career in nursing so fantastic – the flexibility, the people, the constant learning – it's the incredible variety of nursing opportunities that make the profession so appealing.

How to Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out

Many people believe their resume is the only part of an application that human resources focuses on. Although a properly crafted resume can make or break an applicant, the cover letter really makes you stand out.

Freshen Your Carpets: DIY Aromatherapy

Does the carpet in your living area get its fair share of wear and tear? That just shows you’re blessed with a happy, active household! Instead of cutting down on the patter of little feet (two or four-legged) and big shoes, try this DIY “green” carpet deodorizer for extra freshness.

Self Assessment Gives a Quick Career Tune Up

Anyone knows a nurse works well under pressure and can multitask with ease, but when you're a nurse looking for a job, you can't assume potential employers know anything at all about you.

A New Spin on Brown-Bagging Your Lunches

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One simple way to save money is to brown bag your lunches every day. This is a favorite tip among financial advisors. Brown bagging may not be anything new, but if you want to save up to $1,800 per year, you may want to consider it. $1,800, really? Eating out adds up.

HIPAA, PHI, and You

Nurses can run into this situation every day: A friend or co-worker of a patient visits the hospital or clinic and wants to know health information about the patient.

Easy 3-Step Budgeting


The word “budget” doesn’t usually excite most people. In fact, many think of budgets as restrictive. Or they may think of spreadsheets, complicated equations or time consuming number crunching. The good news is that a good budget doesn’t have to involve any of those things.

De-stress: DIY Lavender Fabric Softener

Safely soften your laundry -- avoiding toxins and their associated hazards -- and lower your skyhigh stress levels, so common in the nursing profession, at the same time. Rather than using conventional, chemical-laden fabric softener, you can easily make your own aromatherapy version. 

Soak Away Stress: Relaxing DIY Lavender Bath

Essential oils are a lovely way to scent cleaners, air fresheners, or bath products. Not only do these naturally scented items make us happier, some proponents of aromatherapy believe they make us healthier, too.

Standout Resume Tips for Nurses

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Have you been applying for nursing jobs and instead of getting invited for interviews, you’re only hearing crickets? In today’s competitive job market, how you market your education, skills and experience in writing can make or break your job application.

"Race for Results" Report Addresses Health of Minority Children

A recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shed light on something nurses see every day - there's a large gap in the well-being of minority children in the United States.

Preventive Screenings: Medical Tests and Vaccinations for Healthy Nurses

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At home, you may be the point person in your family that keeps track of who needs what test and then books the associated doctor appointments. But when it comes to your own tests, vaccines, and checkups, do you need a helpful nudge to take care of business?

Travel Nursing: Q&A with Recruiter Miles Mattern of Rise Medical Staffing

We’re continuing our travel nursing career series with an interview with Miles Mattern, director of recruiting and marketing at Rise Medical Staffing, a travel nurse staffing company that offers nationwide placements. Today he shares information on what he’s looking for when recruiting new travel nurses, what the current job market is like, and he dispels some of the myths associated with traveling.

How to Land a New Grad Position in a Tough Market

As graduation season quickly approaches, it’s time to start focusing on that first job.  It’s becoming increasingly difficult for new graduate nurses to find a job in some areas of the country.  New nurses can increase their chances of gainful employment after graduation by employing a few key ti

Attention, Nurses! Your Input is Needed

Got a couple minutes? Interested in participating in a study? Consider taking one of the following surveys to help further minority nursing research.

Letter to the Editor: Let's Mark National Minority Health Month

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As you know, April is National Minority Health Month, our opportunity to increase public awareness of the health disparities that unfortunately still impact ethnic and minority groups in the American population. Because the theme this year is "Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity," nurses are perfectly poised to take up the banner for highlighting the role of prevention in closing the health disparities gap.

Health Disparities Spotlighted in April

As health professionals, nurses are well aware of health disparities in communities of color. Some patients will live shorter life spans simply because of their race, ethnicity, education or income.

4 Budget-Friendly Workouts

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It’s no secret that gym memberships are expensive. It’s also no secret that many people join gyms with good intentions, but end up not going and wasting the monthly fee. You don’t have to break the bank to workout. Here are four easy and accessible ways to get a great workout on a budget.

Two Side Business Ideas for Nurses

Have you always dreamed of starting your own business? You don’t have to give up your nursing career or job in order to be a business owner. In fact, many people work full time and run side businesses or “side hustles” to earn extra income, grow their savings or pay off student loan debt.


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