Vulnerable populations

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.

Healthier kids' meals

Child obesity is more of a problem in the United States today than it was a decade ago.

PSA: Hospitals for Humanity looking for nurses

Hospitals For Humanity (HFH) is a registered nonprofit organization with 501(C) 3 status in the United States. The organization provides health care for people living in the least developed countries of the world.

Spike in maternal opiate use, infant withdrawal

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, and the University of Pittsburgh found maternal opiate use had increased nearly five-fold between 2000–2009.

Study finds more hospital-related infection due to burned-out nurses

Study finds more hospital-related infection due to burned-out nurses

Two kinds of hospital-acquired infections—catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infections—have been on the rise, according to a new study.

Nursing Volunteer Efforts

Joyce Hyatt, R.N., M.S., M.S.N., C.N.M., D.N.P. with a patient in Haiti

During times of crisis, nurses and medical professionals act as steadfast caretakers to help victims physically and mentally recover from disasters

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.

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

Last issue, Minority Nurse addressed infant mortality in minority communities, discussing some of the disparities, research, and solutions surrounding the issue. This piece was submitted as a supplement to "A Quiet Crisis: Racial Disparities and Infant Mortality"

Healing Troubled Minds

Healing Troubled Minds

Are you looking for an opportunity to help change the lives of some of the most vulnerable patients in the entire health care system? Consider psychiatric-mental health nursing—a specialty with an urgent need for more minority nurses.

Into the Ruins: Nurses in Haiti

Into the Ruins: Nurses in Haiti

Nurses and doctors came to Port-au-Prince from all over the world, joining relief workers and military personnel to pull a city of two million people from the wreckage

Late Diagnosis: Autism in Minority Communities

Late Diagnosis: Autism in Minority Communities

Although autism awareness is growing, research indicates health care for African Americans with autism is lacking. From late diagnosis to misdiagnosis to inadequate resources for autistic adults, these inequalities further stress families already fighting a daily battle.

Trust: The Barrier Between Minorities and Clinical Research

Trust: The Barrier Between Minorities and Clinical Research

Given the major health issues disproportionately affecting minorities, there are life-altering reasons to target such communities for clinical trials and research. But doing so requires combating lingering mistrust, reaching out to neighborhood allies, and even educating yourself.

Minority Pediatric Health

Gwenda Grant, R.N.

From the neonatal ward to young adults, minority nurses are fighting for the future health of their communities. These nurses are leading innovative new programs and advocating for disparities that exist even for their smallest patients.

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