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National League for Nursing Calls on President Bush to Address “Unacceptable” New Orleans Nursing Shortage

Nearly two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, displacing thousands of its residents, the city is still suffering from an urgent shortage of nurses that is reaching crisis proportions.

Life Expectancy Gap Between Black and White Americans Starting to Close

According to a study published in the March 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the long-standing life expectancy gap between black and white Americans is finally beginning to close.

Worth 1,000 Words

Third-graders at the Nettelhorst School in Chicago learn about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise from The Striped Vegetarius, a big furry fellow whose mission is to battle the obesity crisis among urban African American and Hispanic youth.

Oncology Nursing Society Offers Minority Mentoring Program

Are you a minority cancer nurse or nursing student who could benefit from the guidance and professional support of an experienced oncology nurse who has "been there?" Do you ever wish you had a mentor who could give you constructive advice and feedback, introduce you to new opportunities in your field, serve as a sounding board for your ideas and help you develop personal and professional skills that will make you more effective in your career and your community?

New Eye Syndrome Affecting Chinese Americans Is Often Misdiagnosed

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered a new eye syndrome that is striking young and middle-aged Americans of Chinese descent. Fortunately, this condition appears to be less serious than glaucoma, a progressive eye disease that can lead to severe vision loss and blindness. Unfortunately, many ophthalmologists are mistakenly diagnosing it as glaucoma, exposing young Chinese American patients to aggressive, risky treatments-such as surgery-that may not be necessary.

More Child Safety Education Needed in Black and Native American Communities

A recent study examining the effectiveness of national accident prevention campaigns-such as those that encourage the use of bicycle helmets, automobile safety seats and smoke detectors-in reducing fatal childhood injuries contains both good news and bad news when it comes to children of color.

The New Fall Resource Roundup

Fall is the season where we present our annual roundup of free or low-cost resources available to help nurses provide culturally competent care to diverse patient populations and develop interventions to address the crisis of health disparities in communities of color.

Earn CEUs for Preventing SIDS

Earn CEUs for Preventing SIDS

Q: When is a continuing education program more than just a way to earn those all-important CEUs? A: When it’s also part of a national outreach effort to engage nurses in the fight against one of the nation’s most tragic minority health disparities.

PNAA NCLEX® Task Force Honored by President of Philippines

PNAA NCLEX® Task Force Honored by President of Philippines

This past summer, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) opened its first-ever NCLEX testing center in the Philippines--a country that is one of the world’s biggest exporters of foreign-educated nurses to the United States.

PAD: The Health Disparity Nobody Knows About

PAD: The Health Disparity Nobody Knows About

How much do your patients know about peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a common and dangerous cardiovascular condition that is an especially serious health threat for African Americans? There’s a good chance the answer is: not very much.

Who Really Was the First American Indian RN?

Who Really Was the First American Indian RN?

On July 1, 2002, Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail, RN (1903-1981) became the first American Indian nurse to be inducted into the American Nursing Association’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

Worth 1, 000 Words

Worth 1, 000 Words

The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) recently selected Theresa Asai, BSN, RN, as one of two recipients of its 2007 Nurse of the Year Awards.

Texas Nurse Gives Back to Community with “Pay It Forward” Scholarship

Texas Nurse Gives Back to Community with “Pay It Forward”  Scholarship

The scholarship, awarded to employees of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston pursuing education leading to RN licensure, provides financial assistance, mentoring and other support. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to “pay it forward” when they graduate.

Discrimination Contributes to Asian American Health Disparities

A landmark study, published in the July 2007 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, has been called “the first national exploration of a link between [racial] discrimination and health problems among Asian Americans.”

More Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Needed in Indian Country

American Indian and Alaska Native women are more than twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than U.S. women of other races and ethnicities, according to the human rights organization Amnesty International. Yet many Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities have no nurses on staff who have been trained to provide emergency care to rape victims.

Academic Leader, NIMH Trailblazer Dr. Rhetaugh Dumas Passes Away

 Academic Leader, NIMH Trailblazer Dr. Rhetaugh Dumas Passes Away

Rhetaugh Graves Dumas, PhD, RN, FAAN, one of the nursing profession’s most distinguished leaders, educators, researchers, health policy-makers and psychiatric nursing scholars, passed away on July 22 at the age of 78.

Two New Studies Paint Bleak Picture of Minority Health in America

Nurses who are familiar with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health by 2010 are already well aware that accomplishing these goals will be no small task. Now two groundbreaking new reports on...

Correlation Found Between Poor Nutrition and Disease for African Americans

Poor eating habits and lack of exercise among African Americans increases their risk of developing cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, according to recent studies by the Public Health Institute (PHI) and the California Department of Health Services (CDHS).

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