Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Cara Lunsford
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by Renee Hewitt
3d ago
Cara Lunsford is the VP of Community at Nurse.com, fostering a community where nurses can find peer support, allies, professional opportunities, resources, and education. She’s also the host of Nurse.com’s NurseDot Podcast and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, highlighting a variety of voices within the nursing industry while also speaking to her personal experiences as an RN and founder of HOLLIBLU, a social networking app exclusively for nurses (acquired by Nurse.com in 2022). Lunsford is an important nursing leader, and Minority Nurse is pleased to profile her as part of the  ..read more
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Practical DEI
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by Louis Pilla
3d ago
Exhorting nursing staff and leadership to pay attention to the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is all well and good, but how do you put into practice ways and methods that make DEI a reality? “It all starts with self-reflection,” according to Danielle McCamey, DNP, ACNP-BC, FCCP, assistant dean of strategic partnerships at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore. “We have to truly take an honest inventory of where we are on our respective journeys and where our biases show up in our practices.” McCamey is the founder/CEO of DNPs of Color, an initiative to create and nu ..read more
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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Blake Lynch, AKA Nurse Blake
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by Renee Hewitt
3d ago
Blake Lynch, aka Nurse Blake, loves caring for and helping patients and caring for and helping fellow nurses. As a popular nursing influencer, internationally touring comedian, healthcare advocate, and keynote speaker, Nurse Blake uses humor to bring nurses together. Working in trauma centers around the country, Nurse Blake started posting original comedy videos aimed at his profession to cope with the stress of his nursing job. His lighthearted videos connect with nurses, nursing students, and healthcare workers worldwide, and he entertains almost 4M followers on social media while lifting he ..read more
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: More Than a Slogan
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by Keith Carlson
6d ago
Certain concepts frequently enter the popular consciousness and become a timely part of the current vocabulary. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is one such concept, as are environmental awareness and the science of climate change. While the overall effect of these terms becoming more popular and part of the general consciousness is very positive, we also have to watch for these concepts being co-opted and used solely for public relations and sloganeering. In these times of ongoing and profound collective reckoning with issues of systemic racism and a lack of diversity in so many areas o ..read more
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A Transformative Approach to Care: Empowering Nurses to Serve the Trans and Nonbinary Community
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by Shannon Whittington
6d ago
As nurses, no matter where we are in our careers, we all know there is always more to learn. In my 30-plus years as a nurse, I’ve also realized that while it’s essential to keep up with and, when appropriate, incorporate the newest technology and medical advances, we need to spend just as much time learning how to understand and relate to our patients as people.  Working in the home care field here in New York City at the home- and community-based nonprofit VNS Health, my colleagues and I serve an incredibly diverse population. Our clinical teams are well-versed in the needs of those we s ..read more
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The Healing Power of Art
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by Karie Pinnix
1w ago
On the job, nurses are compassionate and focused during stressful work conditions. However, this kind of work can drain nurses’ emotional energy to care for themselves and put them at risk for burnout and compassion fatigue, according to an article by the Holistic Nursing Practice. During times like these, it’s easy to forget about creative pursuits, like art. Engaging in art can actually make us happier and calmer. At the University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospital, nurses at work participated in the UNM’s Arts-In-Medicine program to practice creative activities such as poetry reading and creatin ..read more
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Explore Supportive Resources for Connecting with LGBTQ Nurses
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by Karie Pinnix
1w ago
Everyone needs community, especially queer nurses. In the U.S., approximately 5.5 percent of adults identify as part of the LGBT population— that’s 13.9 million Americans who are queer. Finding a safe space with other nurses can be challenging if you discover that you don’t share the same interests or beliefs. Even though the LGBTQ+ population is growing among younger generations, queer nurses at work may not have an outlet to express their true selves if they find out that their workplace is less accepting than other progressive workspaces. Thankfully, there are organizations and places where ..read more
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The Seasons of Your Nursing Career
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by Keith Carlson
3w ago
When people in their 80s or 90s talk about their experiences, they may often refer to being in the autumn or winter of life. We can also think about our nursing careers in the same way. If you were to reflect on your career in terms of its various seasons, how would you describe where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re heading? The Promise of Spring  Graduating from nursing school is when your career begins formulating, with taproots making their way into the fertile soil of possibility. As you achieve landmarks like passing the NCLEX, getting licensed, and landing your first jo ..read more
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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Elaina Hall
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by Renee Hewitt
1M ago
Elaina Hall, DNP(c), MSN, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, is the chief quality officer of SnapCare, formerly SnapNurse, and an experienced healthcare executive in the areas of healthcare system operations, performance improvement, nursing practice, and leadership consulting. Hall’s passion is consistently delivering the ‘best and brightest’ for SnapCare clients. With a focus on opportunities for the clinician corps working with SnapCare, Hall has expertise in health system quality improvement and supporting clinicians in their journey to reskill and upskill for professional growth. Hall grad ..read more
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Building Bridges, Not Walls: Promoting Cultural Competence & Humility in Nursing
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by Justine Bailey
1M ago
Given the diversity in our world today, take a moment and ask yourself: Are you a culturally competent nurse or nursing student? Do you demonstrate cultural humility? You may have explored the concepts of cultural competence and humility in nursing school, but let’s take it a step further and consider how to apply these concepts in everyday interactions with members of diverse groups and communities. Whether working in a hospital, walking into a local store, or interacting with neighbors, cultural competence and humility are cornerstones of building strong relationships. Practically speaking ..read more
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