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So, You Want a Nursing Career in Global Health - How to get Started

I've worked in or been on research studies that cover 30 countries to date. With that global experience, I frequently do lectures about global health issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Millenials want to get out there and see the world and Gen X and Boomers are looking for meaningful career changes. The theme is common: They want to help the less fortunate in other countries. It's not to say they don't want to help the less fortunate in their own country; I think it's become something of seeing the consistency of what poverty does to people and the health consequences.

With all that in mind, want to know: How do I build a career in global health as a nurse?

First question I ask people is: Do you like camping?

Surprising question? Not really if you've spent time in the field. Most places where there is a critical need for health services and capacity building efforts don't have things like regular running water, consistent electricity, or comfortab…
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Discrimination in Nursing

Nobody talks about it. Ever.

Sure, we talk about how patients face discrimination and the impact on their health. Some schools might even teach about the institutional and structural aspects of society that reinforce racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, and many other -isms. We do talk about how patients say things to us that we may consider to be offensive, and how to handle that.

But we don't talk about how we, as nurses, perpetuate discrimination and exclusion within our own profession and toward our patients. Here's a few examples of stories I've heard over the years.

A South Asian nurse manager told one of her African-American nursing assistants that she needed to fix her hair because she looked like she came from the jungle.

A Jewish nurse was working in a hospital in an area where there weren't a lot of Jewish people. During Hannukah, she wanted to put up a Menorah on her unit amidst all the Christmas decorations so she could clelebrate her faith like everyone else. The…

Best & Worst States for Nurses from WalletHub

WalletHub.com is a great website for helping you figure out how to manage your money.

Can you really afford to go back to grad school? How can you balance student debt burden with continuing your studies? These kinds of questions, among many others, you can find at WalletHub.com.

Recently, they asked me to be one of three experts to provide commentary and advice for new graduate nurses. You can read it here. I really like their best states to live in list too.

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