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Trying to Breathe Easy

Trying to Breathe Easy

For those children and families living in homeless shelters, dealing with chronic diseases like asthma is doubly difficult. Now researchers from Mercy College School of Nursing are looking for ways to alleviate their symptoms.

Healing from the Bitter Pill of Incivility

Healing from the Bitter Pill of Incivility

Bullying has captured national attention lately, as “youthful teasing” escalates to pervasive, malicious, even dangerous levels. Yet, if only bullying stopped at high school. Nursing schools, hospitals, and private practices may not see schoolyard taunts, but incivility in the workplace certainly exists. Many minority nurses and other health professionals still experience various forms of prejudice at the workplace—not just from patients but each other. Here an expert on workplace bullying explores some examples and describes how nurses and schools of nursing can foster a more civil workplace.

Caring for Communities After Disaster

Caring for Communities After Disaster

Beyond the medicine and procedures, there’s a process behind disaster care that’s dramatically different from your everyday work, even in the busiest ER. There’s also an emotional component that’s hard to describe unless you’ve been there.

Nurses and Community Clinics

Carmen Lopez, R.N., Angela Hernandez, R.N., and Terry Frizzell, R.N.

Community and public health nursing draws upon the very foundations of the profession: promoting preventive health care and serving the underserved. With the passage of health care reform, community clinics have seen increases across the board—including a growing need for nurses. Here we explore what working in one of these facilities is like and why they are so crucial to improving health care services and access for all.

Give Me Dignity

Give Me Dignity

They say you never really know a person until you walk a mile in their shoes. But who has time to try on someone else’s Crocs when you have a demanding patient load, you’re flying through the day in an efficient groove, or you have a personal problem on your mind? Yet, every patient is entitled to equitable, dignified treatment. Perhaps you, like the author of this piece, have seen instances where a patient’s dignity was compromised. She shared her story with us, and now we’re sharing it with you, in hopes that it might spark a conversation and a second thought when it comes to preserving patient dignity.

Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Spinal Cord Patients

Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Spinal Cord Patients

How to reduce complications, improve patient outcomes, and shorten hospital stays when treating those with spinal pressure ulcers.

Preserving the History of Black Nurses

Lawrence C. Washington

Howard University in Washington, D.C., has served a vital role in the education of African Americans, and its College of Medicine is notable in the history of African American physicians. Yet, it’s the University’s former partner in nursing education, the Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing, that graduated 1,700 of some of the first black nurses in the country. And it’s the Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing whose story is rarely told.

Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care

Racial and  Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care

Minority Americans pay a staggering price for disparities in diabetes care. There are as many reasons for these disparities as there are effects stemming from unequal treatment. Here, one researcher discusses the issue, including pertinent economic data, policy issues, the ethical issues at stake—and the relevance to the nursing profession.

Encouraging Diversity Early in Life

Olga Savoskina, R.N., B.S.N. and Nikolai

One nurse (and mother) discusses the importance of exposing children to diversity at a young age

Nursing for Uncle Sam

Clifton J. Kenon Jr.

Four nurses who have found their niche working within the U.S. government share their stories and advice regarding working for Uncle Sam.

Nursing Volunteer Efforts

Joyce Hyatt, R.N., M.S., M.S.N., C.N.M., D.N.P. with a patient in Haiti

During times of crisis, nurses and medical professionals act as steadfast caretakers to help victims physically and mentally recover from disasters

Work, Life, School, Balance

Work, Life, School, Balance

Pursuing your B.S.N., M.S.N., or doctorate is an exciting journey, but starting down that path can also be a little scary, especially if you’re adding it to a busy work/life schedule. But many nurses do so every year, and the consensus is that anyone can—so long as they try! Here, we explore some of the implications of going back to school and how these real-world nurses made it work.

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