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Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Survival after Breast Cancer Remain Despite Similarities in Education, Socioeconomic Status

Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Disparities in survival after breast cancer persisted across racial/ethnic groups even after researchers adjusted for multiple demographics, such as patients’ education and the socioeconomic status of the neighborhood in which they lived, according to data presented at the Fifth

Soaring Diabetes Rates Across the US

Soaring diabetes rates across the US

Rates of diabetes in the United States have skyrocketed over the last two decades according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In 1995, just three states—California, Louisiana, and Mississippi—had a diabetes prevalence rate of 6% or higher.

Minorities Most Likely to Have Aggressive Tumors, Less Likely to Get Radiation

Minorities Most Likely to Have Aggressive Tumor

Women with aggressive breast cancer were more likely to receive adjuvant chemotherapy, but at the expense of completing locoregional radiation therapy, according to recently presented data.

New Nursing Documentary Premieres at ANCC National Magnet Conference

nursing documentary

“NURSES: If Florence Could See Us Now” made its debut at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Los Angeles on October 11, 2012.

Organizations Unite to Increase Seat Belt Use Among African Americans

In a keynote address delivered to a recent meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel to Increase Seat Belt Use Among African Americans, U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) informed the panel that the seat belt campaign was vitally important, not only as a safety issue but also as a health initiative nationwide.

Nursing Boards Endorse “Americans For Nursing Shortage Relief” Initiative

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors endorsed the document “Americans for Nursing Shortage Relief” (ANSR) at a meeting this past fall.

New Program Helps Reduce Risk of Reoccurring Heart Attacks

A new program, Get With the Guidelines, is playing an important role in heart disease prevention by significantly increasing the number of health care providers who follow the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for preventing second heart attacks.

IHS Receives Research Grants and a New Headquarters

The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), both agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services, recently agreed to continue their partnership initiative to include American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AIs/ANs) as participants in and beneficiaries of the research and training supported by the NIH.

Cultural Proficiency the Answer to Mental Health Disparities, Surgeon General Reports

America’s racial and ethnic minority groups face major disparities when it comes to accessing quality mental health services, according to a recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher.

Filipino Nurse Honored by Schering/KEY for Asthma and Allergy Awareness

Under the leadership of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and Schering/KEY, NASN’s primary corporate partner, the efforts of school nurses to teach students and parents about asthma and allergies are being recognized and rewarded.

Minority Entrepreneur Offers 366 Days of Caregivers’ Comfort

America’s baby boomers are aging at a rapid rate and living up to 15 years longer than their parents’ generation. This rise in the elderly population is creating a huge need for more nurses to provide elder care in hospitals as well as more caregivers who provide health care to ailing family members in their own homes

Nurses Recognized for Their Work as Advocates for the Underserved

During its Annual Awards Banquet held last September in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) recognized the exceptional accomplishments of nurses working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

How to Treat Your Patients With CLAS

Did you know that OMH has produced a Final Report on the standards in a handy paperback book format that makes an excellent desktop resource for nurses in clinical practice who want to help their health care institutions implement the CLAS guidelines?

UF College of Nursing Receives Over $1 Million for Minority Health Research

The University of Florida (UF) College of Nursing in Gainesville found itself $1,531,000 richer this year after receiving three separate grants to pursue research in cancer, asthma, infant mortality and other health problems that disproportionately affect minorities.

Cultural Competence to Become Part of Hospital Accreditation Process

Cultural Competence to Become Part of Hospital Accreditation Process

The Joint Commission is working to develop the first-ever accreditation standards for the provision of culturally competent patient-centered care.

Dr. Hattie Bessent Inducted into ANA Hall of Fame

Dr. Hattie Bessent Inducted into ANA Hall of Fame

The ANA proudly presented trailblazing educator, researcher, author and advocate Hattie M. Bessent, EdD, MSN, RN, FAAN with its Hall of Fame Award at the association’s 2008 Biennial House of Delegates meeting, held this past summer in Washington, D.C.

In Memoriam

Remembering Janice Kekahbah, MSN, RN, American Indian Nursing Leader and Ruth Davidhizar, DNS, RN, ARNP, BC, FAAN, Transcultural Nursing Expert.

Skin Color Contributes to Clinical and Justice Disparities for Black Rape Victims

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing suggests that rape victims with dark skin are less likely to have their physical injuries detected, treated and documented as evidence by the sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) or other health care professionals who examine them.

Asian American Women Missing Out on Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

Asian American Women Missing Out on Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

Despite advances in genetic testing, researchers from Stanford University say many Asian American women with BRCA mutations seem to be falling through the cracks.


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