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* In her post "What Can Nurses Do to Influence Health in Their Communities?" nursing instructor Mallory Bejster offers insight on how individual nurses can address the factors that affect community health (


* "Rather than recasting nursing as something that can be deemed 'macho' or stereotypically 'male,' why not, instead, clear up the misperceptions of the nursing profession?" writes Paul Kuehnert, associate vice president-program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in his post "To Recruit More Men, Rebrand Nursing as 'Masculine'? Or Just Stop Oversimplifying the Profession" (


* In "Babies at the Border: Reflections on Nursing on Ellis Island," Arlene W. Keeling, president of the American Association for the History of Nursing, discusses the longtime tradition of U.S. nurses caring for immigrants-and its relevance today (



"I have personally stopped saying 'male nurse' as I find it separates us for no difference. I am proud to be a part of a profession where compassion, intelligence, and medical skills come together." "As nurses we are required to adapt to any situation in caring for our patients. Sometimes we may be in a setting where best safe patient handling and mobility practices are implemented, but at other times we may find ourselves on our own and then we do whatever it takes, even when it may have the potential to injure us." "Nursing work is challenging work in whatever setting you choose to practice. It is exciting and rewarding to be in a position of helping others, be they individuals, families, health care systems or communities." "Every patient should be asked if they have served [in the military]. It is important to know if our patients are veterans."




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* Linda Koharchik, author of "Helping Students to Be Gritty."