Editor-in-Chief: K. Sue Hoyt, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CEN, FAEN, FAANP, FAAN
Jean A. Proehl, RN, MN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN
ISSN: 1931-4485
Online ISSN: 1931-4493
Frequency: 4 issues / year
Editors' Remarks

  Editor Karen Sue Hoyt


 Editor Jean A. Proehl

 Editor Karen Sue Hoyt


Editor Jean A. Proehl 

Editors' Remarks


Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners!


The newly formed American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AAENP) has adopted the AENJ as their official journal. Both AENJ and the AAENP seek to promote high quality, evidence-based care so this relationship is a natural fit. There are many opportunities for collaboration and mutual gain which will translate into improved resources for ENPs and improved care for patients.

Members will have free on-line access to AENJ as a benefit of membership and may also subscribe the print journal at a deeply discounted rate.  AAENP Founder, Elda Ramirez, is a long-time AENJ board member and AENJ Editor, K. Sue Hoyt, is now an AAENP board member so our collegial relationship is well established.

If you're an ENP who doesn't already belong to AAENP, you can see what you're missing at www.aaenp-natl.org.

Sue and Jean

Online Editor's Suggestions

No Let-Down after Emergency Nurses Week!

Timely Tips: Cardiac Guidelines; Conferences; FOAM EM & FOANed: CE; ALiEM Quiz.



                  Tom Trimble, RN CEN

                        All opinions are solely those of the author.
                             Users are responsible for the validity to their own practice.





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Current Issue Highlights



Official Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners


Advanced Emergency Nursing Blog

Clinical Tips from AENJ

# 131 Tongue Depressor Uses

In # 102, use of the tongue blade to detect jaw fracture, reduce dislocated jaws, and as a shoehorn were described. Many other uses are known. 

  • Finger splint.
  • Inserting oral airways.
  • Applicator of topical medicines.
  • Mixing crushed or liquid medicines in food.
  • As a spoon in feeding patients.
  • Help reset ground fault circuit interrupters near sinks.
  • Measure depth of wounds, or voids.
  • Reaching fallen objects in recesses.
  • Open privacy locks on doors to rescue patient.
  • Temporary door stop or locking prevention where security is not an issue.
  • Two or more taped together as a nose-squeezer for epistaxis.
  • For throat exam or laryngoscopy with a flashlight.
  • Monitor cables organized to attached electrodes.
  • As a stylus to indent skin (LP site) or sensory check.
  • Prefabricate adhesive tape holders for ET tubes, insert behind patient.
  • Label the bathroom key on its ring.
  • Letter-opener.
  • Smoothing wrinkles from adhesive strapping.
  • Reinforcing joined tubings or cables.
  • Moving and detangling bloody hair from scalp wounds.

         Monitor cables kept neat by snapping onto electrodes mounted on a wooden tongue depressor.
Tongue blade + electrodes = Tidy Cables!


Click to download 2015's Collected Tips (#85->)

Click to download 2014's Collected Tips (#34 -#84)
Click to download 2013's Collected Tips (#1 - #33)

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