Fall Must-Haves: Reading, Resources and Recruitment Tools

This is the time of year when consumer magazines are full of photo spreads showcasing everything from the coolest college dorm accessories and the new fall fashions to previews of the sleekest new 2007 cars. But what about nurses who want to know what new resources are available to help them provide culturally sensitive care to diverse patient populations, or to help recruit the next generation of minority nurses? With this in mind, Minority Nurse is pleased to present our own version of that venerable standby, the Fall Shopping Guide. Best of all, many of the items featured here are free–and all of them are much less expensive than a new car!

BE SAFE: A Cultural Competency Model for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians Toward the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS is the third and latest workbook in the BE SAFE series from the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center (NMAETC). (Previous volumes covered African Americans and Latinos.) Designed to help clinicians provide more effective, culturally relevant patient care, the 117-page manual includes contributions from 14 Native American and Native Hawaiian nurses, public health professionals and cultural competence experts. Downloadable free of charge from: www.nmaetc.org (click on “Resources”)

Created by African American independent filmmaker Maurice Madden, The Debilitator is a culturally competent, award-winning film about the impact of diabetes in the black community. This powerful 30-minute docudrama, available in both VHS and DVD formats, is designed to educate African Americans about diabetes, its complications and how to successfully self-manage their disease. A companion discussion guide for health educators, developed by the National Diabetes Education Program, is also available. Order the film from: American Diabetes Association, http://store.diabetes.org ($25; ADA members, $22.50) or Millennium Filmworks, www.millenniumfilmworksinc.com. Discussion guide downloadable free of charge from: www.ndep.nih.gov.

We Celebrate Tomorrow: Latinas Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a bilingual, easy-to-read book designed to educate and support Latina women facing a diagnosis of breast cancer. It features many color photos and quotes from Latina breast cancer survivors, their families and supporters. A new updated edition of the companion volume, Getting Connected: African Americans Living Beyond Breast Cancer, is also available. Order from: Living Beyond Breast Cancer, www.lbbc.org (prices vary depending on quantity ordered)

The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) is now offering a new, revised 2006 edition of the popular pocket guide Cultural Competence in Cancer Care: A Health Care Professional’s Passport. This easy-to-carry, easy-to-reference booklet was developed to help nurses, physicians and other clinicians better assess, diagnose and treat cancer patients from diverse cultural backgrounds, including African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asians and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders. Order from: http://iccnetwork.org ($6 per copy, plus shipping/handling)

The chronic autoimmune disease lupus disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities, yet it is often difficult to diagnose and patients may be unaware that they have it. ¿Tengo Lupus?/Do I Have Lupus? is a bilingual patient education booklet from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) that discusses the disease’s forms, causes, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment in simple, clear language. Available free of charge from: www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/lupus/tengo/index.htm