From Indian reservations and U.S./Mexico border communities to major urban centers, minority nurses are finding that culturally competent interventions and community outreach are beginning to make a difference in closing the diabetes gap.
Armed with creativity, cultural sensitivity and federal funding, nursing schools throughout the country are developing innovative programs to help increase the representation of Hispanics in the nursing workforce.
Juan Pineda, RN, always knew he wanted to work in health care, but his career path took a few detours along the way. After a stint in the finance industry, he finally found the way back to his true passion--nursing.
Dr. May L. Wykle, the first African American dean of Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, talks to Minority Nurse about how she overcame prejudice to pursue her nursing education and why she has made it her lifelong mission to bring more minority students into the profession.
Rhetaugh Graves Dumas, PhD, RN, FAAN, one of the nursing profession’s most distinguished leaders, educators, researchers, health policy-makers and psychiatric nursing scholars, passed away on July 22 at the age of 78.
American Indian and Alaska Native women are more than twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than U.S. women of other races and ethnicities, according to the human rights organization Amnesty International. Yet many Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities have no nurses on staff who have been trained to provide emergency care to rape victims.
A landmark study, published in the July 2007 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, has been called “the first national exploration of a link between [racial] discrimination and health problems among Asian Americans.”
The scholarship, awarded to employees of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston pursuing education leading to RN licensure, provides financial assistance, mentoring and other support. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to “pay it forward” when they graduate.
Fall is the season where we present our annual roundup of free or low-cost resources available to help nurses provide culturally competent care to diverse patient populations and develop interventions to address the crisis of health disparities in communities of color.