Health literacy

Better smiles for better health

Better smiles for better health

In recent years, the relationship between oral health and overall wellness has teetered on the edge of public awareness. Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is launching an initiative aimed at making it a top priority.

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

Last issue, Minority Nurse addressed infant mortality in minority communities, discussing some of the disparities, research, and solutions surrounding the issue. This piece was submitted as a supplement to "A Quiet Crisis: Racial Disparities and Infant Mortality"

When Johnny’s Mom Can’t Read: UAB Nursing Program Aids Low-Literacy Parents

C. Alicia Georges, RN, EdD, FAAN, president of the National Black Nurses Foundation, reported that lack of health literacy has been identified as “a significant barrier to closing the disparity gap between ethnic people of color and the general population.”

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.

Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Spinal Cord Patients

Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Spinal Cord Patients

How to reduce complications, improve patient outcomes, and shorten hospital stays when treating those with spinal pressure ulcers.

Going Bananas Over Potassium

Going Bananas Over Potassium

Among the many electrolytes, potassium stands out; one nurse educator offers some tips for advocating potassium in practice

Minority Women and Lupus

Minority Women and Lupus

Women of color have higher incidence rates of this serious autoimmune disease than their white counterparts. They also tend to have a more severe and aggressive form of the disease. What role can nurses play in helping to fight lupus disparities?

Toxic Avengers

For years, disadvantaged neighborhoods have been unfairly singled out as targets for corporate polluting. Now minority environmental health nurses are helping these communities fight back.

At a Loss for Words

For many minority patients, the inability to read and understand basic health care information--both written and verbal--can greatly contribute to the problem of unequal health outcomes. Here’s what nurses can do to help close the health literacy gap.

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