Does it seem to you that most academic nursing books and journals still don’t pay enough attention to the urgent crisis of racial and ethnic minority health disparities in America and to the role minority nurses can play in helping to eliminate them? Do you ever wish someone would publish a book devoted exclusively to these issues, one that would gather together the knowledge and expertise of the nation’s leading minority nursing scholars, educators and researchers?



Such a book does exist, and it’s a must-read addition to the library of any nursing clinician, student, educator or researcher who is concerned about closing the gap of unequal health outcomes between Americans of color and the majority population. It is the Annual Review of Nursing Research, Volume 22, 2004: Eliminating Health Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the United States, published by Springer Publishing Company and created with the support and input of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA).


The book is edited by two of the profession’s most distinguished minority nursing scholars, Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and Cornelia P. Porter, PhD, RN, FAAN, of Florida A&M University School of Nursing. (The series editor for the Annual Review of Nursing Research books is Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, of Case Western Reserve University.) The editors have brought together for the first time the writings of more than 20 distinguished nurse researchers of color, including (to name just a few):

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  • Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, vice president/chief nursing officer, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and president-elect, American Academy of Nursing;
  • Bette Rusk Keltner, dean, Georgetown University School of Nursing and past president, National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association;
  • SeonAe Yeo, PhD, RNC, associate professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing and president, Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association;
  • Carmen J. Portillo, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing and past president, National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

The volume’s 12 chapters examine the issue of minority health disparities from four key perspectives: contributing factors (e.g., racial, structural and linguistic barriers to care), the needs of special minority populations (including men of color, elders and immigrants), special conditions (cancer, mental health and disabilities) and intervention approaches for reducing disparities, such as community partnerships and the use of complementary/alternative medicine.

The 360-page hardcover book sells for $56 ($62 outside the U.S.). To purchase copies of this essential nursing resource, contact Springer Publishing Company toll-free at (877) 687-7476 or visit

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