skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.

Health Equity Work Continues Amid Texas Nurse Shortage

play audio
Play

Tuesday, October 4, 2022   

The pandemic took a toll on the nursing profession, resulting in shortages across the nation and especially Texas, ranked the second-hardest-hit state.

In addition to needing more nurses, ethnic diversity in the nursing profession is a growing concern as the nation's demographics change.

Kenya Beard, associate provost for social mission and academic excellence at Chamberlain University, said a diverse workforce can result in greater patient choice, communication, and ultimately, satisfaction.

"Sometimes, we make assumptions based on our life experiences that can interrupt the patient's ability to achieve their highest level of health," Beard acknowledged. "Having a diverse workforce and a diverse student body can mitigate some of those problems."

The nursing shortage has left Texas with 10 nurses per 1,000 people, according to the publication Nurse Journal. Chamberlain has three colleges of nursing in Texas.

Dr. Anita L. Harris-Brown, director of clinical support operations for Texas Children's Hospital, has introduced programs focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Pregnant at 16, Harris-Brown initially did not expect her life's trajectory to include helping others on their career paths.

She said the compassion shown by her doctors and nurses led her to a nursing degree and a doctorate from Chamberlain University to improve health equity. She is now focused on developing more racially diverse nursing leadership, starting with the basics.

"Job descriptions to make sure we are taking out language that can perceive racism, and to identify words that put our families and our patients in this 'racism box,' " Harris-Brown outlined.

Health outcomes sometimes depend on whether a provider looks like you and understands your challenges, according to Harris-Brown, who added more minority nurses could help the health of an individual, group of people, or population.

"Now what it's doing, because of our nurse shortage, it is really putting the diversity on a front to say, 'Our nurses are not meeting our patients, so patients aren't feeling comfortable to ask a question,' " Harris-Brown noted.

She stressed a high priority for the nursing profession is attracting students from underrepresented groups, specifically men and people from African American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, and Alaskan Native backgrounds.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Around 79% of Arizona voters think the low level of water in rivers is a serious problem, according to the 2024 Conservation in the West Poll. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Voters from Arizona and across the West say a public official's position on conservation will be an important factor when deciding who to support in t…


Environment

play sound

A new online tool is helping community groups in Boston ensure all neighborhoods reap the benefits from urban tree canopies. The Tree Equity Score …

Environment

play sound

Farming trend researchers are poring over new federal data that only come around every five years. The latest information helps some organizations …


Beyond high-risk situations, such as assisting with a domestic violence call, Minnesota fire chiefs say peer support groups are becoming an important tool as first responders navigate stress from the daily calls they take on. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The risk first responders face is getting renewed focus following the fatal shooting of two police officers and a paramedic in Minnesota. Amid …

play sound

West Virginia House delegates passed a bill this week that would allow raw milk products from farmers to be sold directly to consumers. Maria Moles…

A recent survey from the California Health Care Foundation found that almost three-quarters of low-income people say they skipped or postponed health care because of cost in the past year. (Kenishirotie/Adobestock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

Health plan premiums and deductibles have risen sharply in recent years - so the state Office of Health Care Affordability is proposing to limit growt…

Health and Wellness

play sound

New York disability rights advocates are working to break barriers in numerous legislative areas, including those in transportation, housing…

Social Issues

play sound

Kentucky saw a 48% reduction in child victims of maltreatment from 2018 to 2022, according to the latest federal data. However, child abuse and …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021