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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.

Obama Economic Stimulus Program Includes Minority Health Provisions

During all the recent discussion and debate over President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package, we’re heard plenty of talk about things like shovel-ready projects, rebuilding crumbling infrastructure and green energy jobs. But what about nurse-ready projects?

VITAS Honors National Black Nurses Association for Black History Month

What better way for a national health care organization to commemorate Black History Month than by honoring the historical contributions of African American nurses?

Advice for Increasing Minority Cancer Screening Rates: THINK POSITIVE!

Advice for Increasing Minority Cancer Screening Rates: THINK POSITIVE!

A recent study by researchers at St. Louis University School of Medicine suggests that accentuating the positive can make a big difference when it comes to educating African Americans about the importance of cancer screening and early detection.

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.

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.

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.

Posters and Buttons Promote Multicultural Dialogue About Domestic Violence

Innovative posters and buttons designed to foster dialogue about domestic violence between victims and health care providers are now being distributed to clinics throughout California.

CDC Examines STD Health Disparities

A recent study on sexual transmitted disease (STD) trends in the United States, “Tracking the Hidden Epidemics” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), examines the magnitude of STD epidemics by race and ethnicity.

Getting Tough About Recruiting Men into Nursing

These nine dudes are strong. They're tough. They're rugged. They're not sissies. They ride Harleys and snowboards. They play basketball and rugby. They've served in the Army and the Navy. Oh, by the way, they also happen to be nurses. And they've got a question for you, mister: Are you man enough to be a nurse?

How to Sell Kids on Nursing: Think Like a Kid!

A diverse group of teenagers smiles knowingly, because they've just found out that "nurses earn more than accountants and have more job choices than Web engineers."

ISHIB Offers Guidelines for Treating Hypertension in African Americans

According to the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), African Americans are significantly more likely to die from high blood pressure than the general public. Yet until now, no clinical guidelines have been available to assist health care professionals in developing HBP treatment strategies targeted to the special needs of this vulnerable, high-risk population.

Hispanic Health Information Is Just a Phone Call Away

Hispanics continue to face substantial health disparities, including underinsurance, a lack of linguistically and culturally competent health care providers, and disproportionately high rates of serious chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

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