Minority nurses can play a crucial role in implementing the new federal standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in health care. So why are so many nurses still unaware that these standards exist?
Call them courageous. Call them trailblazers. But for the generation of black nurses who helped achieve health care integration in the Civil Rights era, it was simply a matter of standing up for what was right.
In the year 2000, 86% of Caucasian children in the U.S. were reported by their parents to be in excellent or very good health, compared to only 75% of Hispanic children and 74% of African-American children.
With America’s severe nursing shortage predicted to reach emergency levels by 2010, a national coalition of nursing leaders has united to launch a sweeping strategic action plan for ensuring the profession’s future health.
While efforts to close racial and ethnic health gaps in such areas as cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease are frequently in the national spotlight, lupus is one minority health disparity that has received relatively little attention.
Each year, thousands of children in the U.S. are killed or injured in car accidents because they were not riding in child safety seats or because the seats were not installed properly - and a disproportionate amount of those children are African American or Hispanic.
Former President Bill Clinton's initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health categorizes cardiovascular disease and diabetes as two separate health issues. Yet the connection between these two conditions is so strong that it is virtually impossible to tackle one without also addressing the other.
In the Spring 2002 issue of Minority Nurse, our cover story on strategies for recruiting men into nursing examined, among other things, some of the stereotypes, prejudices and outright discrimination that continue to be significant challenges for men who choose to pursue this traditionally female career.