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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?

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 Education Bills Need Your Support

Now that Congress has finally appropriated funding to implement the landmark Nurse Reinvestment Act of 2002--signed into law last August in response to the national nursing shortage but not funded until February 2003--an exciting array of new programs are in the works to encourage the next generation of nurses to begin or continue their professional education.

Patients Using Herbal Therapies Are at Risk for Drug Interactions

Nearly half of all women over 65 use herbal therapies to prevent or treat health problems, but they rarely inform their health care providers, according to a new University of Florida study.Wome

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.

Minority, Majority Physicians Launch Health Disparities Initiatives

Although the average physician might disagree, some nursing leaders have expressed the opinion that nurses may be way ahead of doctors when it comes to addressing the issue of racial and ethnic health disparities.

Landmark Human Genomics Study Seeks Genetic Causes of Diabetes

Several recent articles in Minority Nurse have examined how the emerging field of health care genetics and genomics has begun to revolutionize the way researchers and clinicians are working to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes.

A New Weapon in the War Against Sickle-Cell Disease

A medication traditionally associated with the treatment of cancer and AIDS has emerged as a surprise weapon in the fight against sickle-cell anemia, the painful and often fatal inherited blood disorder that occurs primarily in African Americans.

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