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Improve Your Hospital's Cultural Competence without Reinventing the Wheel

Improve Your Hospital's Cultural Competence without Reinventing the Wheel

One Midwestern hospital created a “diversity intranet” to educate its staff about how to provide culturally sensitive care to patients from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Role Model Creates Inspirational DVD for Nursing Students with Disabilities

Role Model Creates Inspirational DVD for Nursing Students with Disabilities

Would you tell a bright, promising student that he or she just doesn’t have what it takes to be a nurse--before he/she has even been accepted into a nursing program?

Asian American Health Insurance Disparities Vary by Subgroup

Despite efforts by advocacy groups like the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) to increase public awareness about Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) health issues, many Americans still view the API

Help for new moms

Help for new moms

Expectant mothers have a new number to learn, and it's not the amount of folic acid they should be getting or the number of miles between their house and the closest hospital.

Get real

Get real

They say practice makes perfect. While clinicals and rotations give nursing students hands-on experience in patient care, it's important for future RNs to possess the ability to work under extreme pressure.

Increasing their numbers

Increasing their numbers

In an effort to recruit potential nursing students, the University of North Dakota College of Nursing conducted three four-day tours across North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska, visiting American Indian reservations.

Genetic research gets a $6.5 million boost

Genetic research gets a $6.5 million boost

The funding underwrites research regarding the relationship between genetics and aggressive prostate cancer in African Americans, the connection between viruses and cervical cancer, and the role of genes in asthma and obesity among children.

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.

Streamlining the system

Streamlining the system

CPOE: it sounds like a sci-fi robot, but it's actually the computerized physician order entry system that could revolutionize the way hospitals function. You may already be familiar with CPOE, as it's currently used in about 30% of U.S. hospitals.

Out on the range

Out on the range

You may not hear much about the "frontier" these days, but the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky, is alive and well.

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.

Beating Diabetes

Beating Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released new data regarding the mortality rate for those living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Bienvenido, enfermeras de Connecticut!

Bienvenido, enfermeras de Connecticut!

The Constitution State now has its own chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, new as of spring 2010!

A foundation for future growth

A foundation for future growth

In an effort to combat the major health issues plaguing American Indians, the University of Kansas Medical Center and the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance announced plans to create a Center for American Indian Community Health.

Scholarship winners prove their worth

Scholarship winners prove their worth

Pursuing a graduate nursing degree poses many challenges, from finding the right program to fitting classes into busy schedules. But there's one problem that always seems more common than others: finding a way to pay for it.

A smarter pocket reference

A smarter pocket reference

In the age of smart phones, there’s an application for most everything and everyone. Nursing is no exception.

A Proactive Program

A Proactive Program

Teen pregnancy, once a declining problem, is once again on the rise, particularly in minority communities. To combat the trend, one Massachusetts nurse started a program aimed at educating students and parents about teen pregnancy before it occurs.

15th Anniversary Retrospective

15th Anniversary Retrospective

We have been watching the field of nursing transform and evolve for a decade and a half. This is our tribute to all of you who have facilitated those changes.

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.

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