American Indian / Native American nurses

Balancing Baby: Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Balancing Baby: Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

The most joyful and life-changing period of nurses' lives can often be stressful without a plan for balancing work and family life after maternity or paternity leave. Here is a review of some of the best practices to make sure this transition is as smooth and happy as possible.

First American Indian Nurse Named to Nursing Hall of Fame

On July 1, Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail, RN (1903-1981) became the first American Indian nurse to be inducted into the American Nursing Association’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

Leveling the Playing Field for Tribal Colleges

Many of the nation’s 32 TCUs are underbudgeted, receive no state funding and are struggling to meet their operating costs.

IHS Receives Research Grants and a New Headquarters

The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), both agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services, recently agreed to continue their partnership initiative to include American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AIs/ANs) as participants in and beneficiaries of the research and training supported by the NIH.

In Memoriam

Remembering Janice Kekahbah, MSN, RN, American Indian Nursing Leader and Ruth Davidhizar, DNS, RN, ARNP, BC, FAAN, Transcultural Nursing Expert.

Public Spirit

Lula Owl Gloyne, the first Eastern Band Cherokee nurse, practicing at an unknown location

As the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ first public health nurse, Lula Owl Gloyne dedicated her life to bringing health and hope to her people and her community.

Tribes Know Best

To provide effective health care to Indian populations, nurses must understand the complexities of tribal governance

Healing a Wounded Past

Centuries of genocide, cultural destruction and prejudice have left Native Americans an ongoing legacy of serious health problems. Indian nurses can play a crucial role in helping patients begin the process of healing from historical trauma.

Careers in the Indian Health Service

Whether you’re a Native American nurse who wants to improve the health of your people or any minority nurse who wants to make a difference helping underserved communities, the IHS

Voice of the People

A unique nurse-led patient advocacy program in Montana is helping to make sure that American Indian patients and their families receive culturally sensitive care

Working for the Indian Health Service

With a current vacancy rate of 12% for health professionals, Indian Health Services has plenty of career opportunities available. Is there a position available for you?

Developing Nurse Leaders. . .in the Indian Way

Pathways to Leadership is a minority nurse leadership development program with an exciting difference: It’s a culturally competent curriculum created by--and for--American Indian nurses.

Earth, Wind, Fire and Water

For American Indian and Alaska Native nurses, combining traditional beliefs with modern treatments not only provides culturally competent care but helps keep their heritage alive

Awakening a Passion for Research

A federally funded partnership between a large university and a small, minority-serving school helped one Native American student discover her true calling as a nurse.

Mentors to the Max

When it comes to recruiting, developing and retaining American Indian nursing students, mentor programs can make all the difference in the world.


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