Academic Forum

The Life of a Humanitarian Relief Nurse

Sharon Tissell, RN, dreamed of one day helping those around the world without the fortune of growing up in a loving, middle-class family like hers. Tim Harrison, RN, MPH, flew for 10 years with a medical helicopter service and knew he had the right skill set to make a difference.

Culturally Competent Care for the South Asian Community

South Asians comprise one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States. While their numbers begin to climb steadily, less than 5.5% of all nurses are South Asian.

The Nurse-Family Partnership Program

When new moms lack financial resources, caring for a baby is more challenging. A desire to empower these first-time, low-income mothers attracted Noelia Blanco to the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) over a dozen years ago.

Family Scholar House: Helping Single Parents Leave Welfare Behind

When welfare reform, also known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), became law in 1996, direct funding from the federal government turned into block grants each state spent at its discretion.

Child Abuse and Autism: How Nurses Can Help

According to 2012 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 88 American children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The ACA and Opportunities for Nurses

It’s just after lunchtime at Community Clinic Inc. (CCI), a federally qualified health center in Takoma Park, Maryland, a Washington, DC, suburb with a large immigrant and refugee population.

Keeping Back Pain at Bay

Nurses are at a greater risk of back pain than many other occupations.

An American Journey: From Constipation to Colorectal Cancer

In my work as a radiologist, every day I see a whole lot of poop, well, actually images of poop. One of the most common emergency room patient complaints is abdominal pain and, too often, particularly in children, the cause is simply constipation.

Putting Culturally Competent Communication into Hospital Accreditation

Last summer, The Joint Commission’s culturally and linguistically competent patient-centered communication standards became part of the hospital accreditation process. One year later, what difference are they making?

Dissecting the Origins of Sickle Cell Anemia

It was never fully explained during the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild, but we can surmise that Hushpuppy’s father may have suffered from sickle cell anemia.

Breast Cancer Prevention Beyond Mammograms: Addressing Root Cause

When Americans think of breast cancer, most consider it to be like a game of craps. If a woman is lucky she will avoid breast cancer during her lifetime, but if she is unlucky, then she may be diagnosed with this dreadful disease.

The Challenges of Caring for Older HIV/AIDS Patients

Leopold Linton faulted the omelet he ate during a flight five years ago to Jamaica, his country of origin. He was sick to his stomach by the time he arrived at the airport in Black River on a Tuesday.

Administering Medications Safely and Effectively

Many nurses are under the impression that once they pass their medications to their patients, their job is done. But this is the farthest thing from the truth.

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