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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.

Hispanic nursing students: a recruitment priority

Hispanic nursing students: a recruitment priority

In Oklahoma, the minority population is increasing faster than the majority, but its nursing workforce does not reflect this trend.

In hopes to better mirror the state's growing Hispanic population, Oral Roberts University places a special emphasis on recruiting Hispanic students.

Social media savvy

Social media savvy

Companies, individuals, college deans, celebrities, even fictional characters— it seems like everyone has a Twitter account. And a Facebook account. Probably LinkedIn and a slew of others too. Do you need to be plugged in to these social media outlets? Of course not.

Saving nursing homes

Saving nursing homes

As aging is inevitable, the need for specialized care also becomes inevitable. But what can you do if your access to quality elderly care is severely limited? Unfortunately, this is the case for many urban communities.

The Willie and Louise Wheeler Scholars in Need Scholarship

The Willie and Louise Wheeler Scholars in Need Scholarship

In honor of the Wheeler family, this scholarship rewards $250 to one male and one female recipient who demonstrate need and are in good standing at their educational institution. This award can be used for personal as well as educational expenses.

Kidney transplants: does ethnicity affect patients' chances?

Kidney transplants: does ethnicity affect patients' chances?

According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), some ethnic groups can be found at the bottom, or missing, from waitlists for kidney transplants.

A Nurse, a Bike, and a Trek Across America

A Nurse, a Bike, and a Trek Across America

For Dr. Katherine Jeter, embarking on a 3,100-mile bicycle tour across the Unites States wasn’t about the athletic challenge. And it wasn’t about proving that she, at 72 years old, simply could. It was about raising awareness for the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN).

Study shows African American men find doctors unsupportive

Study shows African American men find doctors unsupportive

Despite statistics showing African American men are more likely to suffer from undiagnosed chronic illnesses and die an average of seven years earlier than men in other ethnic groups, a study at the University of Michigan found that a majority of these men do not visit the doctor because they fin

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