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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

Ethnicity and health outcomes

Ethnicity and health outcomes

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health have illustrated how physical health outcomes within the black population vary based on environment.

Una nueva herramienta móvil

Una nueva herramienta móvil

The Spanish-language version of the all-purpose government portal USA.gov is now even more accessible at GobiernoUSA.gov.

It's a bird! It’s a plane! It's SuperNurse!

They jump into action when lives are on the line. They fearlessly face death and danger. They have to change into a special outfit before they can do their duty. While these behaviors sound a lot like a comic book superhero, all of these descriptions are true of nurses too.

Approaching cancer step-by-step

Researchers from the University of Michigan and Duke University seem to have found a preferable approach to discussing treatment options with cancer patients.

Understanding health disparities in Indiana

When discussing economic disparities, urban centers often come to mind, and rightfully so, as a greater concentration of people tends to yield more socioeconomic disparities.

"Addicted" to food?

People may joke about their "addiction" to chocolate or potato chips, but for people struggling with obesity, it's no laughing matter. In fact, efforts in the past several years to link obesity with a physical addiction to food have garnered a great deal of attention.

Compression socks help reduce swelling for nurses

As a nurse, you know what it’s like to be on your feet all day. According to a recent study sponsored by SIGVARIS, maker of compression therapy leg ware, wearing compression socks can reduce pain and swelling during long shifts. The Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr.

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.

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