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Nursing School Enrollments Continue to Decline—But at a Slower Rate

A recent four-part study on the changes in the RN work force by Douglas O. Staiger, PhD, David I. Auerbach, PhD(c) and Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, points to troubling implications for the already-dwindling RN profession.

Do Your Patients Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?

If you, or someone close to you, were experiencing the first warning signs of a heart attack, would you know what to do? Chances are, the average American would have difficulty answering “yes” to that question, according to a study published earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Patient Navigators" Help Increase Colon Cancer Screening Rates

In New York City, an innovative community-based cancer prevention initiative that utilizes bilingual "patient navigators" to guide participants through the process of receiving a colonoscopy is achieving remarkable results in increasing rates of colon cancer screening and early detection among the city’s minority populations.

Resources Roundup 2008

Resources Roundup 2008

One of the biggest benefits of attending minority nursing association conferences—in addition to all the networking opportunities, educational programming, CEUs and camaraderie, of course—is getting to visit exhibits filled with booth after booth offering free or low-cost minority health resources that you can take home and start using in your practice right away.

PNAA Study Paints Portrait of Today’s Filipino Nurses

During the serious nursing shortage of the 1960s and ‘70s, hundreds of nurses from the Philippines were brought to America to fill RN staffing gaps. Many of these immigrant nurses chose to stay permanently in the U.S. and went on to achieve successful careers as clinicians and nurse educators.

V-Day 2003 Targets Prevention of Violence Against Native American Women

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, American Indian women are 3.5 times more likely to be victims of rape or sexual assault than U.S. women of other races.

Wanted: Funding for Culturally Competent Breast Cancer Education Resource

Meet Ruby and Pearl, two lovable, grandmotherly African-American ladies who have recently learned that a combination of monthly breast self-exams, regular mammograms and an annual clinical exam can reduce their risk of suffering from breast cancer.

Helping “Sistahs” Learn to Live With Fibroids

African-American women are three to nine times more likely to suffer from uterine fibroid tumors than Caucasian women.

Coming Soon: 249 New Ways to Fight African-American Health Disparities

Just how serious are the nation’s drug and pharmaceutical companies about developing new medicines designed to close the gap of unequal health outcomes between African Americans and the white majority?

New Medicare Rules Help Nurses Fight the Flu

Influenza and pneumonia season is here again, and that means an estimated 18,000 to 36,000 Americans age 65 and older are at especially high risk of dying from these illnesses this winter.

New Evidence Confirms the Value of Routine Osteoporosis Screening

Is routine bone density testing for women age 65 and older really an effective tool for preventing osteoporosis, the bone-weakening disease that is especially common in women of Asian descent?

Researchers Identify Gene for Type 2 Diabetes in Mexican Americans

The recent discovery of the major susceptibility gene for type 2 diabetes in Mexican Americans—10.6% of whom are inflicted with the disease—is being hailed as a major accomplishment. This finding, previously considered a genetic impossibility, will ultimately result in medical advancement for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

American Diabetes Association Supports Increase in Indian Health Service Funding

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions among Native Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Over 12% of all Indian populations in the United States suffer from type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. The Pima Indians in Arizona have the highest rate of diabetes in the world—about half of adults between the ages of 30 and 64 are diagnosed with the disease.

First American Indian Nurse Named to Nursing Hall of Fame

On July 1, 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.

More Awareness of Sarcoidosis Disparities Needed

If you were asked to name a chronic disease that affects African Americans disproportionately compared to whites, sarcoidosis would probably not be the first name to spring to mind.

NCEMNA Receives Major Federal Grant to Develop Minority Nurse Scientists

Because America urgently needs more minority nurse researchers who can investigate the causes of racial and ethnic health disparities and test preventive interventions, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $2.4 million grant to the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Asso

Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day Targets African Americans

Physicians across the nation can expect to be busier than usual this fall, thanks to a new health promotion campaign launched by the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Strategic Plan for Nursing’s Future Includes Diversity on its Agenda

With America’s severe nursing shortage predicted to reach emergency levels by 2010, a national coalition of nursing leaders has united to launch a sweeping strategic action plan for ensuring the profession’s future health.

Minority Children’s Health Gets Poor Report Card

In the year 2000, 86% of Caucasian children in the U.S. were reported by their parents to be in excellent or very good health, compared to only 75% of Hispanic children and 74% of African-American children.


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