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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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By Dr. Jason Paltzer
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

What really distinguishes “global health” from public health or community health? Some would argue that global health is related to issues that transcend borders or the idea that countries need to understand international shifts in policy to control diseases at home.

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By Yanitza Soto
Alum, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Community Health Workers commonly referred to as CHWs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and defined by American Public Health Association. Due to the variety of job titles, the umbrella job title of Community Health Worker is used to encompass the scope of work and practice. The American Public Health Association defines CHWs as:

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By Sarah Schroyer, MSN, RN, CHPN, NE-BC, CNE
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

My first experience with death as a nurse was my first day of clinicals as a nursing student. I walked in, bright and early, to greet my patient – faking confidence that I knew what I was doing – and found a lifeless body. The nurse to whom I was assigned was already in the room waiting for me. We had not covered death and dying, so I had no clue what to do. I was scared.

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

We continue to celebrate National Public Health Week and our daily theme for today is rural health. People who live in rural areas can face different kinds of health issues and concerns compared to people living in urban areas. There are many ways to define a rural community, but generally speaking, “rural” refers to communities that are outside the boundaries of large metropolitan areas with populations of less than 50,000 people (U.S. Census Bureau, 2018). My family comes from a rural area and I grew up in a rural community for part of my life. I have seen the health care related challenges and struggles our community faced and it helped to shape my interest in public health.

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By Chantelle P. Ballard
MPH Student, College of Nursing and Health Professions

Today is the second day of celebrating National Public Health Week. The daily theme is violence prevention, an element of public health that is part of daily live in our communities but often shunned.

Violence wreaks havoc on communities across the world. The result of violence ruins homes, tears down neighborhoods and leaves those affected by it in emotional turmoil. Every day we see others who suffer because of violence and feel as if we can do nothing to prevent it. Violence comes in different forms; we are all aware of gun violence. According to the American Public Health Association (APHA), gun-related deaths are steadily rising with over 27,000 deaths related to homicides and almost 45,000 suicides between 2015 and 2016 which all involved guns (APHA, n.d).

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

Welcome to National Public Health Week. A time we take to focus and address issues that affect individuals and communities at large. This year we have a variety of themes provided by the American Public Health Association to continue to create and build the healthies nation.  Today’s theme is Healthy Communities.

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