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By Veronica Perez, MPH, CHES
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Did you know that tobacco smoking remains the leading cause of lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and other health problems? Tobacco is the largest preventable cause of death and disease, causing over seven million deaths each year worldwide (ACS, 2018).

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By Cathy Smyser, MSN, FNP-C
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, this information could save your life or that of someone you love! Skin cancer is very common. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in every three cancers diagnosed worldwide is skin cancer. One in every five Americans may develop a form of skin cancer in their lifetime.

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By Danielle Henderson
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Within the health care profession, it is common not to work the typical nine-to-five workday.  Healthcare never stops. Therefore, you may work the day shift, the night shift and everything in between. No matter the shift, one thing to help you achieve your goals for the day is remaining mindful and grounded. Meditation is a tool that can help you with this.

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By Dulce Maria Ruelas
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

April is National Minority Health month where we take the opportunity to raise awareness on how our lifestyle plays an active role in determining our overall health and is promoted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within the Office of Minority Health (OMH).

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By Dana Pionk, BSN. RN, CNEcl
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Travel nursing is a unique opportunity to choose your own adventure. Whether you want to experience a big city like New York, the beach life in Malibu or get more connected to nature in Portland, travel nurse positions are generally available in all 50 states and even Guam!

Read below to see if travel nursing is for you!

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By Dana Pionk, BSN, RN, CNEcl
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

April is sexual assault awareness month. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s campaign theme for this year is, I Ask. Did you know that “asking for consent is a healthy, normal and necessary part of everyday interactions”?4

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By Dulce Maria Ruelas
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

National Public Health Week is about bringing awareness to issues we deal with but may never speak about. Thus far we have been discussing vital topics in our lives— like healthy communities, violence prevention and rural health. What have you been thinking public health is? Have you tried to define it?

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