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An Open Book

An Open Book

Medical terminology can be overwhelming, and despite the best efforts of nurses and doctors, a lot can get lost in translation. Now, for the first time, patients will have access to the notes doctors have made in their medical records through OpenNotes.

New federal grants help minority infants in Utah

New federal grants help minority infants in Utah

Every newborn enters the world with the unlimited promise and potential of a life yet to be lived. However, alarming research conducted in Utah has revealed that all babies may not have the same chances, particularly those born to African Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Health Care Reform One Year Later

Health Care Reform One Year Later

President Obama signed the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, and its first changes went into effect on July 1 of the same year. But signing that bill was just the beginning of a passionate national health care debate.

California hospital ER overcrowding affects area minorities

A University of California, San Francisco study found that California hospitals in areas with large minority populations are more likely to be overcrowded and divert ambulances, delaying timely emergency care.

Nurses and Community Clinics

Carmen Lopez, R.N., Angela Hernandez, R.N., and Terry Frizzell, R.N.

Community and public health nursing draws upon the very foundations of the profession: promoting preventive health care and serving the underserved. With the passage of health care reform, community clinics have seen increases across the board—including a growing need for nurses. Here we explore what working in one of these facilities is like and why they are so crucial to improving health care services and access for all.

Nursing Volunteer Efforts

Joyce Hyatt, R.N., M.S., M.S.N., C.N.M., D.N.P. with a patient in Haiti

During times of crisis, nurses and medical professionals act as steadfast caretakers to help victims physically and mentally recover from disasters

Medication Compliance in the African American Patient with Hypertension

Medication Compliance in the African American Patient with Hypertension

Hypertension is a serious health problem affecting African Americans more frequently than other ethnic groups. Here, one nurse observes the reasoning behind patients' antihypertensive medication noncompliance and how to properly educate them.

African-American Women, Medicaid Moms, Receive Fewer Anesthesia Options

Ethnicity and insurance coverage may determine the kind of anesthesia a woman receives during labor, according to a recent study at the University of New York at Buffalo.

Trying to Breathe Easy

Trying to Breathe Easy

For those children and families living in homeless shelters, dealing with chronic diseases like asthma is doubly difficult. Now researchers from Mercy College School of Nursing are looking for ways to alleviate their symptoms.

What Critical Care Nurses Need to Know About Minority Health Disparities

What Critical Care Nurses Need to Know About Minority Health Disparities

Why are some racial and ethnic minority patients so much sicker than their white counterparts when they’re admitted to the ICU? A variety of complex medical, socio-economic and cultural factors are to blame.

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities

How nurses can address the growing crisis of high preterm birth rates in minority women and help give infants of all colors an equal chance for a healthy start in life

Diversity: A Public Health Issue

Diversity: A Public Health Issue

It's no secret that health care professionals must identify, respect, and care about their patients' differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs. Some patients' backgrounds might be similar to those of the care provider and some may be different. It's the differences that cry out for attention.

Trust: The Barrier Between Minorities and Clinical Research

Trust: The Barrier Between Minorities and Clinical Research

Given the major health issues disproportionately affecting minorities, there are life-altering reasons to target such communities for clinical trials and research. But doing so requires combating lingering mistrust, reaching out to neighborhood allies, and even educating yourself.

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