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Class on the water

Class on the water

During the 2011 National Nurses Week, a week the American Nurses Association honors every year from National Nurses Day, May 6, to Florence Nightingale's birthday, May 11, four nursing students were given the opportunity to travel to Sierra Leone to work on a field mission for Mercy Ships.

Lunchbox heroes: they don't want candy

As a partnership between the Healthy Schools Campaign, Chicago Public Schools, the Office of Minority Health, and the U.S.

Black churches and safe sex education

African Americans are becoming infected with HIV/AIDS more than ever before, comprising nearly 50% of all AIDS diagnoses in 2009, despite representing just over 12% of the U.S. population.

One of the brightest Lone Stars

Texas is a big state with a big population. To be singled out as one of the most powerful and influential people in the Lone Star state is quite an achievement, and it's one that Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., can now celebrate.

Healthier kids' meals

Child obesity is more of a problem in the United States today than it was a decade ago.

Sickle cell, silent strokes, and galvanizing nurses

Sickle cell, silent strokes, and galvanizing nurses

Some children already suffering sickle cell disease may find themselves at risk for yet another malady: "silent strokes." Researchers found those children with a combination of sickle cell, high blood pressure, and the anemia inherent with sickle cell were more vulnerable to this dangerous, sympt

Study finds black youth in California targeted by tobacco marketing

Academic researchers, funded by California's Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, found a greater number of menthol cigarette advertising at retailers near high schools with a high African American student population.

Spike in maternal opiate use, infant withdrawal

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, and the University of Pittsburgh found maternal opiate use had increased nearly five-fold between 2000–2009.

Nursing for Uncle Sam

Clifton J. Kenon Jr.

Four nurses who have found their niche working within the U.S. government share their stories and advice regarding working for Uncle Sam.

“Fight KOOL Mixx”--A Reader Responds

In the Fall 2004 issue of Minority Nurse, we published a Second Opinion column written by Margaret A. Davis, MSN, RN, FNP, cancer committee chair for the Chicago Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association.

Give Me Dignity

Give Me Dignity

They say you never really know a person until you walk a mile in their shoes. But who has time to try on someone else’s Crocs when you have a demanding patient load, you’re flying through the day in an efficient groove, or you have a personal problem on your mind? Yet, every patient is entitled to equitable, dignified treatment. Perhaps you, like the author of this piece, have seen instances where a patient’s dignity was compromised. She shared her story with us, and now we’re sharing it with you, in hopes that it might spark a conversation and a second thought when it comes to preserving patient dignity.

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.

“Talking” Medicine Bottle Labels Help Improve Health Literacy

Persons who speak little or no English, have low literacy skills or are visually impaired can face formidable barriers to accessing important written health care information, such as the labels on prescription bottles.

Nursing Ambassador to the World

Nursing Ambassador to the World

From her native North Carolina to Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and more, nursing pioneer Mary Mills blazed a truly international trail as a public health leader


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