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Women’s Health, Men in Nursing in Johns Hopkins Nursing Summer Issue


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Posted: 8/10/2009

The birth of a baby.  A diagnosis of breast  cancer.  The frailty that comes with old age.  They are part of the dynamic, complex, and ever-changing landscape that makes up a women’s life span.  Whatever the ailment, Hopkins nurses are empowering women to embrace healthier lifestyles.

The summer 2009 issue of Johns Hopkins Nursing addresses these women’s health topics and other issues ranging from stress management to the men of Hopkins nursing. 

Strong Women, Healthy Lives
Heart disease, cancer, stroke.  They are the top three causes of death for the more than 150 million women living in the United States.  Hopkins nurses are committed to research and care that improve women’s health throughout the lifespanfrom reproductive to mental health, heart disease to stress management, and breast cancer to aging issues.  In this issue, they share their insights and advice for women and their health care providers. http://web.jhu.edu/jhnmagazine/summer2009/features/strong_women.html

Meet the Men Who Dare to Care
Men among the Hopkins nursing students, alumni, and faculty say they are glad to have discovered the female-dominated field of nursing, with its high pay, job flexibility, and opportunities for advancement.   Recent graduate Josiah Mueller ’09 acknowledges that “there is femininity attached to the title, ‘nurse,’ but the more you learn about nursing, you realize the job is less gendered than you may have thought.”   And alumnus and clinical instructor Bernard Keenan ’86, MSN ’03, like many of his fellow men in nursing, is “quite happy being a nurse.”

Chill Out: Five Tips to Cool Down On-The-Job Stress
Alumna Mandy Young, MSN/MPH ’09, a regular blogger for StressedOutNurses.com, shares a few tips for nurses to manage their hectic lives.  “By its nature, nursing is a stressful profession,” she writes.  “Learning how to manage stress isn’t just part of a healthy lifestyle for nurses; it’s an act of survival.”

Stable Staffing in an Unstable Economy
In her 21 years at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Karen Haller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services, has never seen nursing turnover so low.  But the recession won’t last forever, says Haller, and allies throughout the hospital are finding ways to help nurses get a foot in the door.

Coming Full Circle
After being sworn in as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1994, Nicole Warren ’98, PhD, MPH, CNM was deposited rather unceremoniously in a village about eight miles off a paved road in southeast Mali.  She began working with Sali, a matron, the only female health care worker in her community.  Fifteen years after her Peace Corps experienceequipped now with advanced degrees and training in nursing, midwifery, and public healthWarren returned to Mali to organize continuing education for the country’s rural midwives.