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AJN On the Cover

Kennedy, Maureen Shawn Editor-in-chief

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: May 2012 - Volume 112 - Issue 5 - p 11
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000414296.73053.f4
AJN On the Cover

On the cover this month, we feature American Red Cross nurse Carolyn Freeman, shown here taking the blood pressure of a client at a Red Cross emergency aid station in Tupelo, Mississippi, in May 2011. In the aftermath of the 600 tornados that swept through the South the previous month, the American Red Cross mounted a disaster response that included volunteers from all 50 states. Freeman is one of the 4,500 nurses who volunteer for the Red Cross Disaster Health Services. No doubt Freeman and other volunteer nurses are equally busy this spring as a new series of tornados have been tearing through the country, killing and injuring people and destroying homes in southern and midwestern states, including in the densely populated Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas. For more details on how Red Cross volunteers assisted the survivors of the 2011 spring tornados, see “Dispatches from the Alabama Tornado Zone,” a series of blog posts by volunteer Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing, on AJN’s blog, Off the Charts, at For more on nurses’ work, see this month's Editorial.—Maureen Shawn Kennedy, editor-in-chief

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