For minority nurses, the rapidly growing specialty of correctional mental health nursing can be a unique and rewarding opportunity to provide culturally sensitive care to one of America’s neediest populations.
Because there are still so few minority and male nursing professors, nursing schools that hope to increase the diversity of their faculty face stiff competition and steep challenges. But despite the supply/demand imbalance, it can be done. The keys to success: commitment, creativity and cultural sensitivity.
Whether your nursing expertise is in the clinical, academic or research setting, working for the federal government can be a rewarding opportunity to take your skills to the next level and improve minority health outcomes on a national scale.
Immunization levels for minority children and adults still lag behind those of the majority population. Many federally funded initiatives are working to combat this disparity--and minority nurses are fighting in the front lines.
“I’ve always been interested in designing interventions that are targeted to improving the health outcomes of high-risk populations--particularly children, adolescents, pregnant teens and mothers,” says Luz Porter, RN-CS (FNP), PhD, a graduate professor at Florida International University School
Do credentialing examinations for nurses, such as the NCLEX-RN and specialty certification exams, put minority and foreign-educated candidates at a disadvantage? Or are these tests indeed culturally sensitive and fair to all who take them, regardless of race, ethnicity or national origin?
In June 2001, President Bush launched the HealthierUS Initiative to help improve the health and wellness of all Americans by focusing on four key areas: physical activity, preventive screenings, balanced nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices (such as quitting smoking). Since then, the U.S.