This Month in AJN

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Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 7:39
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 

This Month in AJN –  December 2017 monthly highlights

December 2017

Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the December issue of AJN. Our first CE, “Original Research: Does Certification in Vascular Access Matter? An Analysis of the PICC1 Survey,” explores whether and how certified and noncertified PICC inserters differ regarding their practices and views about PICC use. Our second CE, “Pressure Injuries Caused by Medical Devices and Other Objects: A Clinical Update,” provides a review of the etiology, identification, and prevention of pressure injuries caused by medical and other devices, plus highlights from the current National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel clinical guidelines. The authors of our next article, “Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone: Teaching Family Caregivers to Assist Safely with Mobility,” provide information nurses can use to educate family caregivers on mobility issues, including a tear sheet of key points and links to instructional videos. “Cultivating Quality: A Nurse-Led Ultrasound-Enhanced Vascular Access Preservation Program” explores how one institution reduced its catheter failure rate and use of nonessential peripherally inserted central catheters by initiating a practice change involving an ultrasound-guided insertion technique. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 5:32
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2017, Volume 117, Issue 11;

This Month in AJN –  November 2017 monthly highlights

November 2017

Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the November issue of AJN. Our first CE, “Original Research: Primary Care Providers and Screening for Military Service and PTSD,” explores whether primary care providers in the private sector are screening patients for military service and subsequent posttraumatic stress disorder. Our second CE, “Preeclampsia: Current Approaches to Nursing Management,” provides a clinical update on current practice related to preeclampsia risk assessment, prediction, and management, plus pathophysiology. The author of our next article, “Creating a Fair and Just Culture in Schools of Nursing,” discusses strategies nursing schools can use to create a fair and just culture. “Perspectives in Palliative Nursing: Liberty and Justice for All” explores how circumstances faced by unauthorized immigrants can raise ethical quandaries regarding the principles of patient autonomy and justice. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 7:15
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2017, Volume 117, Issue 10;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the October issue of AJN. Our first CE, “Original Research: Exploring How Nursing Schools Handle Student Errors and Near Misses,” investigates nursing school policies and practices for reporting and tracking student errors and near misses. Our second CE, “Assessing Patients During Septic Shock Resuscitation,” discusses how to integrate capillary refill time and skin mottling score into the perfusion reassessment after initial fluid resuscitation—as recommended by revisions to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign six-hour bundle. Our next article, “Sexually Speaking: Obesity and Sexual Dysfunction: Making the Connection,” reviews the evidence on obesity and sexual functioning, plus nursing considerations for addressing weight-loss strategies with patients. The author of “Question of Practice: Workarounds Are Routinely Used by Nurses—But Are They Ethical?” discusses how nurses can be creative problem solvers without resorting to workarounds that may be ethical in intent yet potentially harmful in their consequences. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 5:39
AJN The American Journal of Nursing September 2017, Volume 117, Issue 9;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Our first CE, “Original Research: The Experience of Transitioning to a Caregiving Role for a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementia,” explores the lived experiences of people who transitioned to the role of caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Our second CE, “Can Your Older Patients Drive Safely?,” discusses driving risks associated with advanced age, focusing on the behaviors and situations that put older drivers at greatest risk, as well as the key indicators of an older patient’s ability to drive safely. In our next article, “Emerging Infections: Six Things You Can Do Today to Prevent Hospital-Onset C. difficile Tomorrow,” the author suggests six changes to make in your practice to prevent transmission of this common bacterial infection. In “Legal Clinic: Lessons Learned from Litigation: Legal and Ethical Consequences of Social Media,” AJN’s legal and ethical contributing editors offer insight on the issues raised by a case in which a Canadian nurse’s Facebook post complaining about a family member’s medical care resulted in disciplinary action by the licensing board. In addition, there’s Perspectives on Palliative Nursing, News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 7:49
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2017, Volume 117, Issue 8;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the August issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover, a mother and her newborn share skin-to-skin contact. Our first CE, “Tuberculosis: A New Screening Recommendation and an Expanded Approach to Elimination in the United States,” provides a general overview of tuberculosis transmission, pathogenesis, and epidemiology, presents pre­ventive care recommendations for targeted testing among high-risk groups, and discusses a new USPSTF screening rec­ommendation. The author of our second CE, “Beyond Maternity Nursing: The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative,” provides an overview of the practices and policies of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), the insti­tutional benefits of achieving BFHI certification, and the process through which health care facilities can do so. Our next article, “Original Research: The Effects of Red Yeast Rice Supplementation on Cholesterol Levels in Adults,” explores the most recent evidence on the effectiveness and safety of red yeast rice supplementation in treating dyslipidemic adults. In “Good Nursing Is Good Antibiotic Stewardship,” the authors use patient examples to review several antimicrobial stewardship activities and illustrate how nurses are essential to the appropriate use of antibiotics. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 5:52
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2017, Volume 117, Issue 7;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the July issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover is an illustration of gastrointestinal microbiota. The authors of our first CE, “Health and the Human Microbiome: A Primer for Nurses,” provide an overview of the current state of knowledge about the human microbiome—with a focus on the microbiota in the GI tract and the vagina, the two most commonly studied body sites—and discuss implications for nursing practice. Our second CE, “Early Intervention in Patients with Poststroke Depression,” explains how poststroke depression often manifests, describes risk factors, and discusses the screening tools and therapeutic interventions nurses can use to identify and help manage depression in patients following stroke. In our next article, “The Growing Need for Diverse Blood Donors,” the chief nurse of the American Red Cross discusses how changing demographics necessitate an increase in more ethnically diverse blood donors, and shares strategies nurses can use to address this need. In “Ethical Nursing Care When the Terminally Ill Patient Seeks Death,” the authors review clinical perspectives on the assessment of the patient’s wish or request to die, ethical questions, and the current legal landscape to consider how nursing care can be ethically provided to a patient requesting death. Finally, in “Could Emotional Intelligence Make Patients Safer?,” the authors address how emotional intelligence may be a skill that can help nurses to “error proof” communication in the health care setting. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 6:40
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2017, Volume 117, Issue 6;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features four paintings by British artist Bryan Charnley, whose later work depicts his experience with schizophrenia. The authors of our first CE, “Original Research: The Experiences of Pregnant Smokers and Their Providers,” conducted focus groups of pregnant smokers and their providers, most of whom were RNs, to better understand their experiences and to gain insights to help providers best deliver the stop-smoking message. Our second CE, “Mental Health Matters: Antipsychotic Medications,” reviews the mechanisms of action, adverse effects, and contraindications of first-generation typical and second-generation atypical antipsychotics. Our next article, “Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” reviews the epidemiology and pathophysiology of IBS and recent developments in the field of IBS research, summarizes diagnostic and treatment strategies, and discusses implications for nursing practice. In “Perspectives on Palliative Care: Advance Care Planning: The Nurse’s Role,” the author discusses how nurses can promote the practice of advance care planning in their facility and overcome the challenges associated with its implementation. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 7:25
AJN The American Journal of Nursing May 2017, Volume 117, Issue 5;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the May issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover, nurses and other health care professionals provide care to a patient in distress. The authors of our first CE, “Original Research: Creating an Evidence-Based Progression for Clinical Advancement Programs,” developed eight nursing competency domains and 186 related knowledge, skills, and attitudes for professional nursing practice, then sought to validate them and to determine their developmental progression within a clinical advancement program. Our second CE, “Venous Thromboembolism: Updated Management Guidelines,” presents an overview of venous thromboembolism plus a review of recommendations from an updated guideline related to treatment options, nursing practice, patient education, diagnostic testing, and more. Our next article, “Environments and Health: Project TENDR,” discusses a collaborative initiative of scientists, health professionals, and children’s health advocates to promote chemical policy reform to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals. In “Wound Wise: Deep Tissue Pressure Injury: A Clinical Review,” the authors describe the assessment, documentation, prevention, and treatment of these injuries. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 6:29
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2017, Volume 117, Issue 4;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the April issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover, a young boy witnesses the aftermath of severe flash flooding in Clendenin, West Virginia, in June 2016. Our first CE, “Original Research: Identifying Hospitalized Patients at Risk for Harm: A Comparison of Nurse Perceptions vs. Electronic Risk Assessment Tool Scores” studied how an electronic risk assessment tool compared with nurses’ judgment in identifying patients at risk. In our second CE, “Overactive Bladder in Women,” the authors provide an evidence-based review of the screening, assessment, and management of overactive bladder in women. Our next article, “Climate Change and Mental Health,” examines the likely effects of climate change on mental health and well-being, and discusses these impacts, their mechanisms of action, the unique vulnerabilities of some populations, and the need to build resilience. In “Professional Development: How to Engage Funders and Get Money: the 10 Rs You Need to Know,” the senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shares tips to help nurses effectively raise funds for their research or organization. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 7:33
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2017, Volume 117, Issue 3;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the March issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover, Nam Ngo, RN, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, assists victims of Hurricane Matthew at a shelter in Fair Bluff, North Carolina. Our first CE, “Improving Outcomes for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Part 2” addresses disease complications and treatment for kidney failure. In our second CE, “Defining and Understanding Pilot and Other Feasibility Studies,” the authors provide an overview of feasibility studies, including pilot studies, and explain the type of preliminary data they seek to provide in order to make larger, future studies more efficient and successful. Our next article, “Original Research: How to Create a Poster That Attracts an Audience,” identifies the design principles and content-specific attributes of a poster that improve the chance that attendees at a nursing conference would read it. “Writing for Publication: Step by Step: Becoming a Published Writer” is the first article in a new series designed to help nurses sharpen their writing skills; it offers suggestions for developing good writing habits and tips on getting started. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 6:24
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2017, Volume 117, Issue 2;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the February issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover is a watercolor painting by artist Vivian Jay, MSN, FNP-BC. Our first CE, “Improving Outcomes for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Part 1” offers an overview of the disease, describes identification and etiology, and discusses ways to slow disease progression. In our second CE, “Nursing’s Evolving Role in Patient Safety,” the authors discuss their content analysis of 1,086 AJN articles published from 1900 through 2015. Our next article, “Supporting Family Caregivers: Medication Management for People with Dementia,” offers recommendations for nurses as they teach family caregivers how to manage medications for a family member with dementia. “A Collaborative State of the Science Initiative: Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience in Nursing” describes a collaborative project in which nurse clinicians, researchers, and ethicists met to examine practices for addressing moral distress. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 6:11
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2017, Volume 117, Issue 1;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover, mothers and their children with the birth defect microcephaly—likely attributed to Zika virus—wait for care at Hospital Oswaldo Cruz in Recife, Brazil. Our first CE, “Triglycerides: Do They Matter?” discusses the importance of lowering triglyceride levels and reviews the lifestyle changes and pharmacologic treatments that can help achieve this goal. In our second CE, “Human Papillomavirus–Related Oral Cancers: The Nurse’s Role in Mitigating Stigma and Dispelling Myths,” the author describes the risk factors, clinical features, and treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV)–related oral cancers, and suggests ways for nurses to educate patients on and correct misconceptions about HPV transmission. Our next article, “Supporting Family Caregivers: Teaching Caregivers to Administer Eye Drops, Transdermal Patches, and Suppositories,” outlines techniques nurses can use to teach caregivers how to properly administer medications by variousroutes. In addition, there’s AJN’s 2016 Book of the Year Awards, News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 7:32
AJN The American Journal of Nursing December 2016, Volume 116, Issue 12;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the December issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover, an American NP, Mary Plumb Senkel, volunteers at a rural makeshift clinic near Jacmel, Haiti. Our first CE, “Original Research: Examining the Links Between Lifestyle Factors and Metabolic Syndrome,” discusses a study that examined lifestyle risk factors for metabolic syndrome in people who are overweight or obese, aiming to distinguish those lifestyle factors associated with metabolic health in this population. In our second CE, “Preventing Contrast-Induced Kidney Injury,” the author provides an evidence-based review of screening, risk assessment, and hydration protocols for the clinical management of patients receiving contrast agents for radiographic imaging studies. Our next article, “Supporting Family Caregivers: Administration of Subcutaneous Injections” discusses how nurses can help family caregivers enhance their knowledge, experience, and skill in managing injectable treatments. In “Remembering Pearl Harbor at 75 Years,” the authors tell the stories of five Army and Navy nurses who witnessed the attack, prepared for the casualties, and selflessly cared for the many victims. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 7:06
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2016, Volume 116, Issue 11;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the November issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover photo of a nurse with a patient and her family member brings to mind an increasingly common experience for many Americans: being a family caregiver. Our first CE, “Preventing, Managing, and Assessing Skin Tears: A Clinical Review,” discusses best practices for preventing, assessing, documenting, and managing skin tears. In our second CE, “Veteran Women: Mental Health-Related Consequences of Military Service,” the author reviews research confirming that both active-duty and veteran women are at increased risk for postdeployment mental health problems, and also addresses the nursing practice implications, including screening. Our next article, “Supporting Family Caregivers: Managing Complex Medication Regimens” offers an overview of how nurses can provide medication management education to family caregivers of older adults. In “Cultivating Quality: An Evidenced-Based Sleep Program to Reduce Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths,” the authors describe how a nurse-led clinical and educational safe sleep program in the neonatal ICU improved outcomes for infants and their families and caregivers. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 7:16
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2016, Volume 116, Issue 10;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the October issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The political cartoon on this month’s cover, created by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist David Horsey, is a commentary on the contentious circumstances leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Our first CE, “An Overview of Common Oral Treatments for Breast Cancer: Improving Patient Safety in Nononcology Settings,” reviews the most common oral agents used to treat breast cancer and their possible adverse effects and interactions. In our second CE, “Assessing and Managing Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Hospitalized Older Adults,” the authors provide an overview of clinical considerations related to the assessment and treatment of pain, agitation, and delirium. Our next article, “Perspectives on Palliative Nursing: For Advanced Cancer, What Treatment Is Next?” discusses how nurses can best serve patients faced with the choice between aggressive treatments and palliative or hospice care. In “Ethical Issues: Determining When an Activity Is or Is Not Research,” the authors examine the ethical and practical significance of making a distinction between research and not research when using data to identify best practices and improve care. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 6:56
AJN The American Journal of Nursing September 2016, Volume 116, Issue 9;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover, U.S. Army generals attend the commencement ceremony for the annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Our first CE, “Original Research: Predicting Injurious Falls in the Hospital Setting: Implications for Practice,” discusses a retrospective study that analyzed which patient factors are associated with injurious falls in hospitalized adults. In our second CE, “Military Sexual Trauma in Male Service Members,” the authors examine the unique ways in which men experience military sexual trauma, and explore the influence of stereotypes of masculinity, myths surrounding sexual assault, and military culture and structure on victims. Our next article, “Recognizing Myocardial Infarction in Women: A Case Study,” provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of myocardial infarction in women and highlights how the failure to recognize them in the case of one woman led to misdiagnosis and could have resulted in death. In “Legal Clinic: Legal Considerations in Telehealth and Telemedicine,” the author examines the legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the rapidly growing practice of remote health care delivery. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 12:05
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2016, Volume 116, Issue 8;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the August issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover is an anatomical drawing of the head and neck—the region that’s the focus of a CE article on oropharyngeal cancer in this issue. Our first CE, “Original Research: The Lived Experience of Social Media by Young Adult Burn Survivors,” explores young adult burn survivors’ use of social media as a way to find social support, express their identity while safeguarding their privacy, and further their healing. In our second CE, “Human Papillomavirus-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer: A Review of Nursing Considerations,” the authors provide an overview of head and neck cancer—its incidence, risk factors, treatment, and posttreatment sequelae—with a focus on HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. Our next article, “Cultivating Quality: A Clinical Nurse Specialist-Directed Initiative to Reduce Postoperative Urinary Retention in Spinal Surgery Patients,” details a quality improvement project to raise nurses’ awareness of the potential for postoperative urinary retention on the postanesthesia care unit, and to develop an updated nursing practice algorithm for its evaluation and management. In “Safety Monitor: Health Care Worker Fatigue,” the authors examine the safety implications of health care worker fatigue and offer strategies for reducing the incidence of fatigue-related errors and patient injuries. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 9:05
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2016, Volume 116, Issue 7;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the July issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover is Moonrise Over the Sandias (2015) by Charles Kaiman, a painter and a psychiatric nurse at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Albuquerque. Our first CE, “Appropriate Use of Opioids in Managing Chronic Pain,” discusses current best practices for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, emphasizing patient assessment and essential patient teaching points regarding safe medication use, storage, and disposal. In our second CE, “Moral Distress: A Catalyst in Building Moral Resilience,” the authors outline the concept and prevalence of moral distress, describe its impact and precipitating factors, and discuss promising practices and interventions. Our next article, “Diabetes Under Control: Prediabetes: What Nurses Need to Know,” provides an overview of prediabetes criteria and reviews the evidence showing that interventions targeting modifiable risk factors—such as diet and physical activity level—can prevent or delay progression to type 2 diabetes. In “Teaching for Practice: Strategies for Successful Clinical Teaching,” the authors offer strategies for clinical teaching with an emphasis on the importance of creating a positive learning environment. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 5:40
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2016, Volume 116, Issue 6;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover photo evokes the isolation faced by victims of intimate partner violence. Our first CE, “Original Research: Intimate Partner Violence: The Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors of Rural Health Care Providers,” analyzes the perceptions of rural health care providers regarding intimate partner violence prevalence, how comfortable they feel asking about emotional and physical abuse, and whether they feel able to help those women who disclose it. In our second CE, “Late and Long-Term Sequelae of Breast Cancer Treatment,” the authors provide an overview of the potentially debilitating physical problems that many breast cancer survivors experience after treatment, and address assessment and management strategies. Our next article, “Perspectives on Palliative Nursing: Palliative Chemotherapy,” addresses the use of chemotherapy in patients with end-stage cancer, and explores the nurse’s role in discussing palliative options with patients. In “Transition to Practice: A New Nurse’s First Days at the Bedside,” the author shares preparation tips for new nurses the first day on the job. “Special Feature: Nurses in the Civil Rights Movement” highlights the experiences of five nurses and one nursing student who fought for racial equality in the 1960s. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:56
AJN The American Journal of Nursing May 2016, Volume 116, Issue 5;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the May issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover is A Maid Asleep (1656–57) by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Our first CE, “Original Research: Napping on the Night Shift: A Two-Hospital Implementation Project,” describes the results of a project conducted to assess the barriers to successful implementation of night-shift naps and to describe the nap experiences of night-shift nurses. In our second CE, “Intrathecal Pumps for Managing Cancer Pain,” the author provides an overview of intrathecal pump therapy, including its benefits, potential risks, and complications, medications, and the nursing care required by patients who use an intrathecal pump. Our next article, “Emergency: Henoch–Schönlein Purpura in the ED,” uses a case study to detail the nursing assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and possible complications of Henoch–Schönlein purpura, the most common form of pediatric vasculitis. In “Special Feature: Mentoring Clinical Nurses to Write for Publication: Strategies for Success,” the authors describe the initiation of a workshop series designed to teach clinical nurses about the writing process and mentor them through the stages of submitting a manuscript for publication. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:28
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2016, Volume 116, Issue 4;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the April issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover is a 1924 portrait of the Grace Hospital School of Nursing basketball team. Our first CE, “Original Research: An Investigation into the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Practices of RNs,” discusses a study that gathered baseline data on the self-reported health-promoting lifestyle practices of RNs working in six major health care and educational institutions in Pennsylvania. In our second CE, “Cardiotoxicity and Breast Cancer as Late Effects of Pediatric and Adolescent Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment,” the author reviews the late adverse effects associated with the management of Hodgkin lymphoma, which include breast cancer as well as cardiotoxicity and its sequelae. Our next article, “Diabetes Under Control: Blood Glucose Meters in ICUs,” details the controversies surrounding restrictions on the off-label use of point-of-care blood glucose monitors in critically ill, hospitalized patients. In “Journey of Excellence: Implementing a Shared Decision-Making Model,” the authors describe the successful implementation of a shared decision-making structure at one hospital and discuss the lessons learned from the project. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:50
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2016, Volume 116, Issue 3;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the March issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover, an elderly prisoner is handcuffed before being transported to a local hospital. In our first CE, “End-of-Life Care Behind Bars: A Systematic Review,” the authors review the literature and reveal the challenges of providing end-of-life care to prisoners, and suggest steps nurses can take to improve this care and address the challenges faced by dying inmates and the inmate volunteers who care for them. Our next article, “The Benefits of Rapid Response Teams: Exploring Perceptions of Nurse Leaders, Team Members, and End Users,” investigates the perceptions of nurse leaders, rapid response team (RRT) members, and rapid response team users concerning the benefits of RRTs. Our second CE, “Revisiting Child Sexual Abuse and Survivor Issues,” focuses on the prevalence, potential risk factors, and possible signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, and also provides information about what nurses can do should they suspect that a child has been or is being abused. In “Anencephaly: An Ongoing Investigation in Washington State,” the nurse who reported an alarming cluster of babies born with anencephaly in 2012, which triggered a still-ongoing investigation, reviews the many risk factors for neural tube defects and discusses the roles nurses can play in addressing their puzzling rise. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:46
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2016, Volume 116, Issue 2;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the February issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover, nurse Sarah Carruth comforts a young patient at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The first article, “Latino Nurses in the United States: An Overview of Three Decades (1980–2010),” shares original research that found that while the overall number of Latinos has grown dramatically in the United States over the 30-year study period, the number of Latino nurses has not; the authors make recommendations for improved and accessible nursing education to help increase Latino representation in the nursing workforce. Our first CE, “Hypoglycemia: A Serious Complication for the Older Adult with Diabetes,” examines the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment of hypoglycemia in older adults with diabetes, and emphasizes the role of nurses in educating older patients in preventing hypoglycemic events and recognizing their warning signs. Our second CE, “Using Essential Oils to Enhance Nursing Practice and for Self-Care,” presents an overview of the use of essential oils, with a focus on its benefits and risks, supportive research, and how to incorporate its use into practice. In “Special Feature: Creating a Bullying Task Force,” the authors review workplace bullying among nurses—including its prevalence, manifestations, and consequences—and describe how one hospital developed a bullying task force and implemented a nurse-led initiative to address bullying. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 10:01
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2016, Volume 116, Issue 1;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features a photo that represents one of 2015’s top news stories: the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. Our first CE, “Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Current Considerations in Symptom Management,” provides an overview of fibromyalgia syndrome and describes treatment guidelines, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches, and nursing approaches aimed at enhancing patient self-management. Our second CE, “Many Benefits, Little Risk: The Use of Massage in Nursing Practice,” describes the emotional and physiologic benefits of massage and offers specific massage techniques to use in practice. In “Cultivating Quality: Beyond Socks, Signs, and Alarms: A Reflective Accountability Model for Fall Prevention,” the authors discuss how a group of clinical nurses designed a nursing practice initiative featuring nurse self-reflection that successfully led to a decrease in falls. “Disaster Care: Increasing Emergency Preparedness” presents an overview of the current issues in disaster and public health preparedness facing U.S. health care institutions. Finally, the author of “Ethical Issues: Ethical Practice with Patients in Pain” uses two cases to examine the nature of pain and the ethical complexities nurses face in responding to patients’ pain. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:54
AJN The American Journal of Nursing December 2015, Volume 115, Issue 12;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the December issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features nurse Elie Kasindi Kabululu caring for a patient at Centre Médical Evangélique in Nyankunde, Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. Our first CE, “Inside an Ebola Treatment Unit: A Nurse’s Report,” describes the author’s experiences working with MSF at an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia for five weeks, outlines the practices and teams involved, and aims to convey a sense of what it’s like to work during an Ebola outbreak and to put a human face on this devastating epidemic. Our second CE, “Incorporating Acupressure into Nursing Practice,” discusses potential clinical indications for the use of acupressure, describes the technique, explains how to evaluate patient outcomes, and suggests how future research into this integrative intervention might be improved. In “Cultivating Quality: Original Research: Implementation of an Early Mobility Program in an ICU,” the authors recount how an early mobilization program at a community hospital contributed to fewer delirium days and improvements in patient outcomes, sedation levels, and functional status. Finally, “iNurse: Nurses and the Migration to Electronic Health Records” presents the challenges and benefits of using electronic health records and provides tips for adapting to EHR systems. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 8:11
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2015, Volume 115, Issue 11;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the November issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features the third-place winner of AJN’s 2015 Faces of Caring: Nurses at Work contest, depicting a nurse caring for a patient at Clearview Cancer Institute in Huntsville, Alabama. Our first CE, “Adverse Late and Long-Term Treatment Effects in Adult Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Survivors,” summarizes the identification, evaluation, and management of potential treatment-related effects in adult survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplants. Our second CE, “Imagery for Self-Healing and Integrative Nursing Practice,” describes how imagery can be used to encourage patients’ healing process, and presents an imagery technique and a sample script to use in practice. In “Prescription Opioid Analgesics: Promoting Patient Safety with Better Patient Education,” the author uses a case study to examine the risks of nonmedical opioid use in postoperative patients and highlights the nurses’ role in patient education to avoid adverse outcomes. Finally, “Preventing Newborn Falls While Supporting Family Bonding” addresses the circumstances behind newborn falls in hospitals when infants are in the care of family members, and reports on steps hospitals are taking to effectively prevent these accidents. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:59
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2015, Volume 115, Issue 10;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the October issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover celebrates AJN’s 115th anniversary with a collage showcasing archival photographs and past covers. Our first CE, “Integrative Care: The Evolving Landscape in American Hospitals,” provides an overview of some of the integrative care initiatives being introduced in hospitals throughout the U.S. and reports on findings from a survey of nursing leaders at hospitals that have implemented integrative care programs. Our second CE, “Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation,” gives an overview of the procedure, its possible complications, and best practices for nursing care. In “Intergenerational Lessons and ‘Fabulous Stories’,” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation senior adviser for nursing Susan B. Hassmiller, along with two nurse historians, shares five lessons learned from interviewing her mother, Jacqueline J. Wouwenberg, a 1947 graduate of the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing, and being interviewed herself. “The NP: Celebrating 50 Years”—which includes an illustrated timeline from the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing—highlights important events in the history of the NP and shows how the NP role has changed and expanded through the decades. Finally, “Pathfinding on the Frontier” describes the success of a patient care coordination program in a primary care practice in rural Kansas. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:08
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy presents the highlights of the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features the first place winner of our Faces of Caring: Nurses at Work photo contest: perianesthesia nurse Carolyn Benigno preparing a patient for surgery at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Our first CE, “Acute Pain Management for Inpatients with Opioid Use Disorder,” reviews current literature related to the topic of acute pain management for inpatients with OUD and dispels common myths about opioids and OUD. Our second CE, “Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States: Overview and Update,” provides an overview of the symptoms, screening, and treatment recommendations for the most common STIs in the United States and describes the most recent relevant findings in order to inform nursing practice. The Cultivating Quality feature, “Improving Pediatric Temperature Measurement in the ED,” discusses an ED staff-led quality improvement project conducted to determine the best method of pediatric temperature measurement. In “Perspectives on Leadership: Conflict Engagement: Creating Connection and Cultivating Curiosity,” the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Leadership Column introduces an approach for practicing the skills needed for creating connection and cultivating curiosity when addressing conflict on the unit. Finally, “Ethical Issues: Teaching Crucial Knowledge vs. Helping Out on the Unit” explores the ethical considerations that occur when student education and urgent patient care needs are conflicting priorities. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 8:43
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2015, Volume 115, Issue 8;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the August issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover shows a community nurse practicing health education with residents of a small fishing village in rural Uganda.. Our first CE, an original research piece, “‘I Am a Nurse’: Oral Histories of African Nurses,” features oral histories from African nurse leaders who describe what nursing practice and education meant to them during and after periods of colonization in Africa. Our second CE, “Nurses’ Role in Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion,” highlights the nonmedical use of opioids and how nurses play a critical role in stopping this epidemic of opioid abuse. The clinical feature, “The Evolution of Physical Activity Promotion,” describes how nurses can promote physical activity in their patients, an important health issue that many Americans fall short of. In “Safety Monitor: Misplacements of Enteral Feeding Tubes Increase After Hospitals Switch Brands,” the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority reviews cases of misplaced tubes and offers guidance for how nurses can prevent such errors in their own practice. Finally, “Nursing Resources: Vaccine Safety Resources for Nurses,” describes how nurses can teach patients about the importance and safety of vaccines in a time when the public still has many concerns about vaccines. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 6:11
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2015, Volume 115, Issue 7;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the July issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover shows the World Hepatitis Day logo. Our first CE, “Viral Hepatitis: New U.S Screening Recommendations, Assessment Tools, and Treatments,” reviews new screening, assessment, and treatment recommendations for viral hepatitis. Our second CE, “Nursing Management of Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome,” gives an overview of this hereditary tissue disorder. The feature article “In the Community: Effective Collaboration Among Magnet Hospitals: A Win-Win for Nurses and Institutions” describes how six hospitals helped each other achieve and maintain Magnet recognition. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:03
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2015, Volume 115, Issue 6;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover shows nurses at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute practicing mindfulness in a healing garden. Our first CE, “Early Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Dislodgment,” presents a real case of PEG tube dislodgement and subsequent sepsis leading to the patient’s death. Our second CE, “Epilepsy Update Part 2: Nursing Care and Evidence-Based Treatment,” addresses the most important aspects of assessing and caring for patients with epilepsy. The feature article “Cultivating Quality: Cultivating Mindfulness to Enhance Nursing Practice” describes a multifaceted mindfulness program introduced for members of a nursing team. And our “Culturally Competent Care: Using the ESFT Model in Nursing” article discusses the need for nurses to communicate effectively with diverse populations and how health care disparities can be reduced through culturally competent care. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:46
AJN The American Journal of Nursing May 2015, Volume 115, Issue 5;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the May issue of the American Journal of Nursing. this month’s cover is a painting by artist Janis Wolf, one of the original participants in the program, Studio E, which blends art therapy and health community for people living with epilepsy. Our first CE, “Atrial Fibrillation: Updated Management Guidelines and Nursing Implications,” focuses on the prevention of thromboembolism and on symptom control, and stresses the importance of patient adherence to treatment plans in order to ensure better outcomes Our second CE, “Epilepsy Update Part 1: Refining Our Understanding of a Complex Disease,” discusses new research that has increased our understanding of epilepsy’s etiology and pathophysiology, new definitions that are changing the ways we evaluate and treat this disease, conditions that frequently present with epilepsy, and psychosocial challenges faced by people with epilepsy. Our series, “Advancing Health Through Nursing,” examines The Institute of Medicine’s report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.  Our “Perspectives on Leadership” series explores conflict engagement coordinated by the American Organization of Nurse Executives. And our “Critical Analysis, Critical Care” article is part of an ongoing series of columns from nurses at the University of Washington that will examine in depth the research related to critical care practices.  In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:34
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2015, Volume 115, Issue 4;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the April issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On our cover this month is Pablo Picasso’s Le Rêve (The Dream). Our first CE, original research, examines the efficacy of a nurse-led breathing training program in reducing depression and improving quality of sleep in patients on maintenance hemodialysis. Our second CE presents the dangers of the pervasive 12-hour nursing shift that have been hotly debated in recent years. Our series, “Advancing Health Through Nursing,” examines The Institute of Medicine’s report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.  And our “Perspectives on Leadership” series presents a model for addressing conflict based on recognizing the importance of relationships and the patterns they create. “Question of Practice: Clinical Challenges in Isolation Care,” reviews the results of a 2014 study that investigated nurses’ use of PPE in the care of a live simulated patient requiring contact and airborne precautions. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:47
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2015, Volume 115, Issue 3;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the March issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover photo, taken on January 12, 1923, depicts several notable women in the field of nursing. Our first CE, “The Critical Care Recovery Center: An Innovative Collaborative Care Model for ICU Survivors,” describes the creation and implementation of a program aimed at maximizing the cognitive, physical, and psychological recovery of ICU survivors. Our second CE, “Early Localized Prostate Cancer,” examines the options available for men diagnosed with low-risk, localized disease and explains how nurses can help them and their partners make appropriate treatment decisions. Our new series, “Advancing Health Through Nursing,” examines The Institute of Medicine’s report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. And our new “Perspectives on Leadership” series explores conflict engagement coordinated by the American Organization of Nurse Executives. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:30
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2015, Volume 115, Issue 2;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the February issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover shows the rapid response team (RRT) at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital in action. Our first CE, an original research article, is a study of rapid response teams describing the factors affecting nurses’ decisions to activate RRTs. Our second CE reviews four common congenital heart defects, their repairs, common long-term outcomes, and implications for nurses in both cardiac and noncardiac settings. Our Diabetes Under Control column describes a case study of a patient engaged in self-management. Our new series Advancing Health Through Nursing, explores The Institute of Medicine’s report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. And our Looking Back column remembers the life and legacy of an unsung African American nurse: Charlotte Rhone. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:11
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2015, Volume 115, Issue 1;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing. 2015 is our 115th Year! The photo on our cover shows an eight year-old boy with a congenital heart abnormality. Our first CE, the first of a two-part series, discusses treatment of congenital heart disease. Our second CE is the second part of our series on the obesity epidemic, focusing on treating obese people with respect while empowering them to manage their weight. Another article explains several strategies for nurses to prepare for retirement. Our Quality Counts series this month updates nurses about quality initiatives in health care. The Teaching for Practice column continues our series about teaching in clinical settings. We have our “Annual Year in Review” news coverage, and announce our Book of the Year Award winners. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:23
AJN The American Journal of Nursing December 2014, Volume 114, Issue 12;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the December issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The photo on our cover shows the burial of an Ebola victim in Uganda. Our first CE, the first of a two-part series, discusses the obesity epidemic and implications for nurses. Our second CE is an original research piece from the Netherlands, on patients with dementia and the use of surveillance technology. And we have an evidence-based practice article on blood transfusion policy and practice without using large needles. We also have a column from the International Council on Nurses (ICN) about the work they do on global nursing issues such as violence against health care workers. Our Policy and Politics column reviews the Affordable Care Act and the challenges that lay ahead. Our AJN Reports explores nurses and health information technology and we have a historical piece in recognition of Penicillin’s 70th birthday. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:48
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2014, Volume 114, Issue 11;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the November issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The photo on our cover of a father with his daughter, who had a traumatic brain injury, highlights our CE article on mild traumatic brain injury and how often patients don’t realize they’ve suffered an injury. Our second CE is about early implementation of palliative care for hospitalized older adults. Our Cultivating Quality column discusses the preparation of medications and how safety interventions can reduce errors. And we have an ethical piece about nurses’ moral distress at Guantanamo Bay. Our Archives column reflects on historical force-feeding of women in British prisons as well. Our Legal Clinic describes the nurse’s duty to protect, asking, did nurses unreasonably ignore a patient’s risk of harm? In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 8:48
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2014, Volume 114, Issue 10;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy presents the highlights of the October issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The photo on our cover of a nurse and patient ambulating in the halls of Mount Sinai Hospital, highlights our CE article on how a mobility program on an acute care medical unit improved patient outcomes. Our second CE is about calciphylaxis – a case study of how excellent nursing care can change a patient’s life. Our clinical feature describes research into nursing interventions on hospitalized older adults with cognitive deficits. And we have a special feature about a pregnant patient with ovarian cancer, her philosophy about birth and death, and how nurses focused on what the patient needed. Our Disaster Care column focuses on lessons learned by visiting nurses through their response to Hurricane Sandy. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:00
AJN The American Journal of Nursing September 2014, Volume 114, Issue 9;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy, Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush, and AJN’s new clinical editor, Betsy Todd, present the highlights of the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The photo on our cover of a nursing supervisor and young student, highlights back-to-school month. The In Our Community column also discusses the development of a successful emergency anaphylaxis response protocol for nurses in Milwaukee Public Schools. Our first CE is an original research piece on barriers to using evidence-based practice. Our second CE describes how a critical care unit significantly reduced their own rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections. Our Policy and Politics article explores elder abuse and neglect and explains how nurses can prevent and eliminate abuse in the elderly. And we have a new column by New York Times opinion columnist Theresa Brown, who shares what she’s reading and discusses the books’ implications for nursing. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:16
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2014, Volume 114, Issue 8;

Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the August issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Artwork on our cover this month illustrates the strength-based nursing approach to care in a holistic context, relating to our first CE about pressure ulcer reduction efforts in the world’s largest cardiac care environment in Bangalore, India. Our second CE discusses how one hospital’s nursing program promoted wound healing in hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

We have the sixth and final installment of our Systematic Reviews series on presenting and interpreting findings. And our Teaching for Practice article takes you through the first steps for success as an adjunct clinical educator. Our AJN Reports column explores the medical marijuana laws and the implications for nursing. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:31
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2014, Volume 114, Issue 7;

Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the July issue of the American Journal of Nursing. A 17-year-old football player with type 1 diabetes appears on our cover this month, relating to our first CE, “Diabetes and Puberty: A Glycemic Challenge.” Our second CE, an original research piece, discusses engaging patients as partners in quality improvement projects.

We have the fifth installment of our Systematic Reviews series which explains data extraction and synthesis. And our new Quality Counts column explores the role of nurses in programs that measure health care quality. A patient advocate and cancer survivor wrote this month’s Viewpoint on what patients need from nurses. And an AJN Reports column provides an update on what conditions should be screened for and when. We profile the chief nurse of the U.S. Public Health Service, and our Safety Monitor column this month outlines infection prevention practices in ambulatory surgery centers. In addition, there’s Legal Clinic, News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:21
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2014, Volume 114, Issue 6;

Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing. A newborn appears on our cover this month, relating to our first CE, “Genomic Breakthroughs in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.” Our second CE (with podcast) discusses the health care disparities faced by the LGBT population.

We have the fourth installment of our systematic reviews series focusing on study selection and critical appraisal. Our Mental Health Matters column provides an overview of clinical depression and a new treatment: transcranial direct current stimulation. And an Ethical Issues column addresses the implications of denying smokers employment in health care, and Shawn Kennedy speaks with the author in a podcast this month. In addition, there’s an AJN Reports column on whether nurses are ready for retirement, News, Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:36
AJN The American Journal of Nursing May 2014, Volume 114, Issue 5;

Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the May issue of the American Journal of Nursing. A nurse practitioner we profile appears on our cover this month with a young Haitian patient. And our first CE article assesses the epidemic in Haiti. Our second CE discusses what nurses should know about intimate partner violence in rural U.S. areas.

We have the third installment of our systematic reviews series focusing this month on search strategies. Our new Teaching for Practice series delineates the roles of adjunct clinical faculty. We have a critical care analysis article on noise in the ICU and present evidence-based strategies for nurses to decrease noise. And an AJN Reports addresses the rise in heroin use. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, a Viewpoint on power napping in the workplace, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more. Happy Nurses Week!

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:08
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2014, Volume 114, Issue 4;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the April issue of the American Journal of Nursing. A 12 year-old painted the colorful work that appears on our cover this month, tying in with our first CE on the use of guided imagery as a cognitive behavioral coping mechanism for pain in school age children with sickle cell disease. Our second CE is an original research on telehealth, and the use of new technologies that eventually become the norm. Our iNurse piece explores the online media that students and professionals use to educate themselves. We have two special features: an AJN Reports on the Boston Marathon bombings including interviews with nurses who were there, and podcasts of their stories. Another feature recognizes the April 1942 Bataan Death March and the 72 nurses held as prisoners of War in the Philippines. And of course there’s News, Safety Monitor, Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:05
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2014, Volume 114, Issue 3;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the March issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On our cover this month, young men pose at an AIDS service center in NYC, and our first CE, Nursing in the Fourth Decade of the HIV Epidemic, highlights changes in patients’ life expectancy, quality of life, policy, epidemiology, and nurses’ impact on this population. Our second CE is an original research on sexual assault survivors and the implementation of their nonreport option. Our Emerging Infections discusses a treatment resistant strain of Clostridium difficile and the accompanying rise in mortalities. We launch a new series this month from the Joanna Briggs Institute, Systematic Reviews Step by Step. An AJN Reports reviews tobacco cessation programs, and since March is Red Cross month, we profile five American Red Cross nurses who received the Nightingale Medal this year. And of course there’s News, In Our Community, Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 17:07
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2014, Volume 114, Issue 2;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the February issue of the American Journal of Nursing. In honor of black history month, our cover photo comes from a 1951 Life Magazine photo essay about a nurse mid-wife who served the poor, mostly black communities in rural South Carolina. Our first CE is an original research piece on changing trends among newly-licensed RNs, assessing data about the job market and workforce. Our second CE discusses the management of posttonsillectomy pain in children. Our cultivating quality piece this month explores strategies that one group of hospital nurses implemented to reduce medication errors resulting from workplace interruptions. Another article from the American Organization of Nurse Executives for Emerging Nurse Leaders, describes how one nursing unit improved nurses’ abilities to delegate. And a new series debuts this month in our Legal Clinic column, reviewing true cases of medical malpractice suits. And of course there’s News, In Our Community, Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:28
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2014, Volume 114, Issue 1;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing. A painting on this month’s cover depicts a more modern provider in today’s changing healthcare landscape than Norman Rockwell’s typical portraits of the kindly older family doctor. Our first CE is an original research on employment-based discrimination among foreign-educated nurses. Our second CE defines the principles behind the self-management of urinary and fecal incontinence and what patients need in order to control these conditions on their own. Our annual “Year in Review” recognizes the most significant healthcare stories of the year and assesses the nursing job market. The “Mental Health Matters” column explores public perceptions of the link between mental illness and violence, reviewing the research and how nurses can identify risks. “Emerging Infections” provides updates on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. We also announce our annual Book of the Year award winners in this issue. And of course there’s News, In Our Community, Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Duration: 14:35
AJN The American Journal of Nursing December 2013, Volume 113, Issue 12;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the December issue of the American Journal of Nursing. A photo of a thirteen year-old girl with a trained therapy dog appears on this month’s cover, relating to our article on family pet visitation and a piece called “One Health at Kansas State University.” Our first CE this month is an original research about nurses’ willingness to work during an H1N1 pandemic. The second CE discusses HIV and foot care management, providing nurses with tools to diagnose and treat peripheral neuropathy. A cultivating quality article called “Quiet at Night” explains a hospital-wide initiative to decrease nighttime noise that disturbs patients. In addition, our issue includes News, In Our Community, a special three-part Reflections column this month, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:23
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2013, Volume 113, Issue 11;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the November issue of the American Journal of Nursing. A nursing student appears on this month’s cover tying in with our original research piece on newly licensed RNs. Our first CE this month is an emergency article on IV access with an accompanying video. The second CE discusses a pilot study on assessing patients for dysemia. An Emerging Infections article explains Coccidioidomycosis or “valley fever.” AJN Reports and Safety Monitor this month both explore obesity-related topics including the political implications of obesity as a “disease,” and equipment concerns when caring for obese patients. In addition, our issue includes News, In Our Community, Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 10:28
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2013, Volume 113, Issue 10;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the October issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover photo comes from a photo essay of gender non-conforming children at a camp for transgender children, tying in with our AJN reports on the same topic. Nurses from Hartford Hospital wrote our first CE this month, describing their successful nurse-led quality improvement project for cognitively-impaired patients. The second CE discusses the prevention of VAP pneumonia through mouth care. Another article explains how nurses can advise patients who have an infestation of bed bugs. The iNurse column introduces podcasts to those unfamiliar with their relevance to nursing today, and the Evidence for Excellence column explores opioid-induced neurotoxicity. In addition, our issue includes News, Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:28
AJN The American Journal of Nursing September 2013, Volume 113, Issue 9;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Photography by an upstate New York physician appears on this month’s cover – from his project capturing the stories of patients in the Adirondacks. The image ties in with our first September CE examining loneliness in older adults. The second CE describes care of pregnant women in the criminal justice system. Policy and Politics this month assesses gun violence as a public health issue, and another article recognizes Nurse Academy, a program that introduces high school students to the nursing profession. The authors of our Cultivating Quality describe failure to rescue, the Wound Wise column explains pressure ulcer guidelines, and of course, our issue includes Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:28
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2013, Volume 113, Issue 8;
Clinical managing editor Karen Roush presents the highlights of the August issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On the cover this month, a nurse enjoys fishing with a boy at a summer camp for children with life-threatening disorders. Our first August CE describes positive deviance - an intentional act of breaking the rules in order to save the greater good – as it applies to improving patient care. The second CE describes an automated vital sign system to alert nurses of early warning signs of cardiac pulmonary arrest. Another article explains how patient focus groups can lead to innovative solutions to healthcare problems and improved care. And a piece from the Netherlands describes how a grassroots team of nurses developed a successful new model of homecare that has spread throughout their country. The authors of our Correspondence from Abroad column this month describe their experiences teaching bachelor’s level nursing in Bangladesh since 2004. And of course, our issue includes Reflections, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:01
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2013, Volume 113, Issue 7;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the July issue of the American Journal of Nursing. In recognition of the recent lifting of the ban on women in combat, a female soldier appears on our cover this month, on a patrol in Southern Afghanistan. Our first CE describes important factors for nurses to consider when treating veterans in non-VA settings. The second CE is on irritable bowel syndrome and reviews current approaches to treatment and implications for nurses. Our Ethical Issues column describes caring for patients while respecting their choices, no matter how unhealthy. Cultivating Quality features a QI project that decreased hospital readmissions, and AJN Reports explains how women’s longevity and health needs lead to higher insurance costs. And of course there’s Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:05
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2013, Volume 113, Issue 6;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing. A resident of Washington County Pennsylvania appears on our cover this month, holding tap water contaminated by fracking that began above her farm in 2005. Our first CE describes sleep deprivation and physiology in adolescents. The second CE is an original research article on catheter-associated urinary tract infections. And of course, there are other features, an iNurse column describing nursing applications for microblogging, an Evidence for Excellence column on adolescent sexual health, News, AJN Reports, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:11
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the May issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Our cover photo comes from an award-winning 2005 Boston Globe series that included an article about the progress of a nursing student in Mass General’s eight-month ICU program. Our first CE is an article on hemodynamic indicators and their use for fluid resuscitation in critically ill patients. The second CE is an original research from Brazil on telephone follow- up for patients after myocardial revascularization – a systematic review. And of course, there are other features, an Ethical Issues column on limited staffing and delayed response to patients, article on nurses giving back to the community during National Nurses Week, News, AJN Reports, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:07
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2013, Volume 113, Issue 4;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the April issue of the American Journal of Nursing. AJN recognizes Earth Day with a cover photo of Phoenix Children’s Hospital new 11th story environmentally conscious patient tower for the calm and healing of patients, families, and staff. Our first CE is an original research article on mechanical prophylactic devices and their frequent misapplications. The second CE is on preventing and responding to acute kidney injury describing identifying signs and symptoms that can improve outcomes. And of course, there are other features, News, an AJN Reports on disparities in healthcare, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:25
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2013, Volume 113, Issue 3;
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the March issue. AJN’s cover features a lithograph titled A Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart, linking to this month’s CE, “Update on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women.” The second CE is an original research article that evaluates a hand hygiene campaign at two outpatient health care clinics. And of course, there’s News, an AJN Reports on the economy and nursing employment, a Viewpoint on advance care planning, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:53
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2013, Volume 113, Issue 2;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the February issue of the American Journal of Nursing. AJN’s cover features a color-enhanced X-ray showing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) developing in the lungs of an 83-year-old man, tying in with one of this month’s CE articles on “COPD Exacerbations.” The second CE is a qualitative original research article describing the perioperative experiences of patients with Parkinson’s Disease. And of course, there’s News, an AJN Reports on post-Sandy health care recovery, a Viewpoint on minorities in the nursing profession, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:09
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2013, Volume 113, Issue 1;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features male RN Tung Tran, as part of this month’s focus on men in nursing and the unique challenges they face in the field. This issue also offers two CE features. The first is an original research article highlighting the hazards of perioperative medication disruptions in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The second CE is a literature review of what gender-related issues male nurses experience at work. And of course, there’s News, an AJN Reports on navigating the PSA screening dilemma, our 2012 Book of the Year Awards Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:57
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the December 2012 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features Syrian children forced to flee from the violence in their country. This issue also offers two CE features: one on the importance of sufficient staffing during all shifts to avoid certain hazards. The second CE discusses missing incidents from wandering in patients with dementia. This month’s ethical issues column explores ethical nursing care for transgender patients, and our legal clinic column explains how nurses can protect their licenses. And of course, there’s News, an AJN Reports on global health worker shortages, Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:53
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2012, Volume 112, Issue 11;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the November 2012 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features military veteran Jim Stanek and his service dog, Sarge, who’s eased Jim’s struggle with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. This issue also offers two CE features: one on recognizing and treating depression in older adults. The second CE explains the use and possible complications of needleless connectors for IV catheters. This month’s mental health column explores the current rise in PTSD among veterans and how nurses can recognize this condition. And of course, there’s News, an AJN Reports on helping veterans access specialty care, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:55
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2012, Volume 112, Issue 10;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the October 2012 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s political illustration, leading up to the November presidential election, is the first cartoon to appear on AJN’s cover. This issue also offers two CE features: one on the psychosocial issues nurses should consider when interacting with women who carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. The second CE explains the pathophysiology of celiac disease, its signs and symptoms, testing, treatments, and nursing implications. The first of a three-part “Legal Clinic” series discusses the legal implications of professional licensure. And of course, there’s News, an AJN Reports on healthcare reform and the homeless, Drug Watch, Journal Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:50
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the September 2012 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover photos come from a new book called The American Nurse due to come out in late October. You can listen to a podcast interview with the author/photographer of the book, Carolyn Jones. This month offers two CE features: one on the five most common bariatric surgery procedures with illustrations and nursing implications. The second CE explains delirium as a common postoperative outcome in elderly patients, offers tools for assessment, intervention strategies, and includes a link to a related video from our “How to Try This” series. A clinical feature on biomarkers describes this clinical assessment tool that’s becoming part of every step of patient care, particularly for diagnosing illnesses. And of course there’s News, an AJN Reports on new regulations for pain medications, an iNurse article on tablet technology, Drug Watch, Journal Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 10:43
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2012, Volume 112, Issue 8;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the August 2012 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month offers two CE features: one is original research describing the experiences of adolescents in an Australian inpatient behavioral program for the treatment of anorexia and how both nurses and patients’ perceptions of the program as a metaphoric prison hinders therapeutic relationships. The second CE feature begins a three-part series exploring the push for health information technology and it uses and effects on nursing. Other features include a quality improvement project implementing CE for patient care technicians, evidence-based management of acute infectious diarrhea, a historical piece from a male nurse who graduated in 1929, the story of how Korean nurses in New England joined together to increase access to care for their community, and a profile of a nurse who will be an Olympic torch carrier. And of course there’s News, an AJN Reports on controversies around patient satisfaction surveys, Drug Watch, Journal Watch, Art of Nursing, and Reflections, “ In the News”, and more. You can listen to podcast interviews with the authors of the QI project.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:25
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 

Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the July issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month offers two CE features: one is original research exploring the barriers and facilitators to implementing and following clinical guidelines among nurses. The second CE feature focuses on the use of therapeutic hypothermia following cardiac arrest – its uses, induction, adverse effects on nursing care. Other features include a look at commonly used dietary supplements by patients with diabetes, the use of community health workers in chronic care, especially diabetes, and the story of how an NP at a public hospital in San Francisco began a Bridge Clinic to improve transitions from hospital to primary care.

And of course there’s News, an AJN Reports on disappearance of nurses at WHO, Drug Watch, Journal Watch, Art of Nursing, and Reflections, “ In the News”, and more. You can listen to podcast interviews with David Benton, CEO of the International Council of Nurses on the lack of nurses at the WHO, and with the authors of the Bridge Clinic.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:33
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2012, Volume 112, Issue 6;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month offers two CE features: one (“Managing Menopause Symptoms”) the third installment in our series on women’s health, and the other describing von Willebrand Disease, a common bleeding disorder. There are also features on interdisciplinary team training, what to do if you come under investigation by a state board of nursing, a Safety Monitor column on negative pressure wound therapy, and an article from Australia describing one hospital’s reasons for and experience pursuing Magnet accreditation. And there are columns on Drug Watch, Journal Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, “In the News”, and more. You can listen to podcast interviews with authors of the Viewpoint on why teens shouldn’t need consent to receive the HPV vaccine and the piece on nursing boards
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:23
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the May issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month offers two CE features: one an original research piece (“The Effects of Active Warming on Patient Temperature and Pain After Total Knee Arthroplasty”), and the other a case study on posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome. There are also features on maintaining competence in CPR, and two historical features – “Key Ideas in Nursing’s First Century” and a piece on the 50th anniversary of the coronary care unit, and columns on Drug Watch, Journal Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, “ In the News”, and more. You can listen to podcast interviews with authors of the CPR piece (as well as a video from the American Heart Association) and nursing ideas.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:07
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2012, Volume 112, Issue 4;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the April issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month offers two CE features: one an original research piece (“Interactions of People with Disabilities and Nursing Staff During Hospitalization”), and the other a feature on underutilization of emergency contraception. There are also columns on Policy and Politics, Emerging Infections, and evidence-based management of cancer fatigue, plus Art of Nursing, Reflections, “In the News”, and more. You can listen to podcast interviews with the CE feature authors, too.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:35
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy present the highlights of the March issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month features two CE offerings: original research on new nurses and the influence of the recession on their inclination to stay in their current positions and the first article in a two-part series on managing COPD. There is also a special online report, The State of the Science on Prevention and Management of Osteoarthritis (the executive summary will be available in print). Other notable articles include one by Susan Hassmiller showcasing several nurses who’ve gained seats on Boards, and examination of a common ethical issue- hiding medications in food. There’s also News, an archival piece on arthritis management, Reflections, Art of Nursing, and Drug Watch.
Creator: Karen Roush
Duration: 5:31
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2012, Volume 112, Issue 2;
Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush presents the highlights of the February 2012 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. There are two CE features: one is original research on presenteeism in nursing and its effect on self-reported quality of care and costs, and the other is a clinical article on bedside assessment of enteral feeding tubes. We introduce Mental Health Matters, a new column designed to give nurses in every setting the information, tools, and resources they need to provide quality mental health care. Other articles include an overview of the National Disaster Medical System, a Safety Monitor piece on preventing harm during vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery, a Policy and Politics piece on Accountable Care Organizations, News, Drug Watch, Reflections and more. There are also podcasts with the author of the research on presenteeism and the new mental health column coordinator.
Creator: Karen Roush
Duration: 6:41
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
Clinical Managing Editor, Karen Roush, presents the highlights of the January 2012 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. There are two CE features: one is original research on increasing the use of Smart Pump libraries and the other is a clinical article on accidental hypothermia. Other articles include a review of cardiac catheterization through the radial artery; a piece discussing information systems and decision support; and the first article in our new column, Critical Analysis in Critical Care, looking at CVP monitoring; News, Drug Watch, Reflections and more. There are also podcasts with the author of the Viewpoint on how we count nurses, and with the author of the article on accidental hypothermia.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 4:47
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy presents the highlights of the December 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. There are two CE features: one is original research on paper as a vehicle for transmitting bacteria, and the other is a clinical article on sarcopenic obesity. Other articles include an update on influenza vaccination guidelines for the 2011-2012 flu season; a piece discussing effective care measures and how nurses are involved in determining them and collecting data; and the final article in our three-part series on supporting family caregivers; plus a Cochrane Corner on use of probiotics in treating diarrhea in children, News, Drug Watch, Reflections and more. There’s also a video as supplemental content to the caregiving article, and a podcast with the author of the Viewpoint on breastfeeding promotion.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:30
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2011, Volume 111, Issue 11;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy presents the highlights of the November 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. There are two CE articles: one is original research, examining how veterans with PTSD (a high risk group for intimate partner violence) are screened for IPV (researchers found only ¼ had screening documented), and the other is an article addressing traumatic injuries in older adults. Other articles include a companion piece to the original research which examines techniques nurses can use for screening for IPV; the second installment in our series on supporting family caregivers (with an accompanying video); an article on reducing 30 day readmission rates; AJN Reports on controversies around childhood vaccinations; plus News, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more. There’s also podcasts with authors Nigolian (the family caregiving article) and Gerlock (original research), providing context around their work.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:41
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2011, Volume 111, Issue 10;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy presents the highlights of the October 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which debuts a three part series on supporting family caregivers which will run through the end of the year. Each article has an accompanying video. There are two CE articles: one is original research, a systematic review of practices and provider and patient attitudes around deactivation of implantable cardiac defibrillators at the end of life, and the other is an article reviewing the evidence and calling for the abandonment of outdated preoperative fasting practices. Other articles include clinical features examining treatment options for patients with kidney failure and medication calculations, a column examining the ethical issues that may arise when best practices may not be so for particular patients, plus News, Drug Watch, Reflections, and more. There’s also podcasts with authors Levine (the family caregiving article), Russo (original research piece), and Crenshaw (preoperative fasting CE piece).
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:51
AJN The American Journal of Nursing September 2011, Volume 111, Issue 9;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy presents the highlights of the September 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which features acknowledgement of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks: a cover painting by artist and nurse Charles Kaiman, a guest editorial and a special report interviewing several nurses whose lives were changed by the events of 9/11. There are also two CE articles: one is original research on patients’ experiences with blood transfusions, and the other is a case study on managing pediatric suicide in the ED. Other articles include a QI piece on establishing a unit-based nurse resource program in a community hospital, a column examining patient privacy in social media, and the final installment in our EBP, Step-by-Step series; plus News, Drug Watch, Reflections and more. There’s also podcasts with authors Veenema (guest editorial), Kaiman (cover artist), and Alexis Schmid and Frances Damian, two of the coauthors of the pediatric suicide CE article.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 4:24
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2011, Volume 111, Issue 8;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy presents the highlights of the August 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which features two CE articles: one is a review article on prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (part two in our series on postmenopausal women’s health), and the other is a case study of a person who died from colon perforation from a fecal impaction. Other articles include a piece on an innovative patient teaching project using a smart phone; description of a screening tool for osteoporosis; a look at children’s psychological and emotional recovery six years after Hurricane Katrina; the final installment of our Letters from Afghanistan series by army nurse Christopher Vanfosson, describing his transition home; a profile of a nursing CNO and hospital colleagues who have a rock band; plus News, Drug Watch, Reflections and more. Also, there are podcasts with authors Vanfosson and Karen Roush, author of the osteoporosis CE article.
Creator: Christine Moffa/Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:23
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2011, Volume 111, Issue 7;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy presents the highlights of the July 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which features two CE articles: one is original research, a study on social networking patterns of adolescents and internet sexual offenders, and another a review on current management of multiple sclerosis (MS). Other articles include a piece on maintaining sexuality in MS; a Cultivating Quality column about a project at Boston Children’s Hospital to teach nurses about insulin pumps; another installment from our very popular series, Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step; an AJN Reports new trends in trauma care; plus News, Drug Watch, and more. There’s also a podcast with Elizabeth Dowdell, coauthor of the social networking study.
Creator: Christine Moffa/Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:11
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2011, Volume 111, Issue 6;
Interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa discuss the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which features two CE articles:  original research of nurses’ attitudes towards advocating for safe practices that was used to support passage of whistleblower protections in Nevada, and a review of the evidence around menopausal hormone therapy.  Other articles include a piece on the rise of pertussis infections, and article on managing Kawasaki Disease, a piece on improving the nursing workforce in Malawi, a historical piece on the Italian device to protect the identify of unwed mothers giving their children up for adoption, and of course, News, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and Reflections. There’s also a podcast with the nurses portrayed on our cover – Anne Mitchell and Vicki Galle - the Texas nurses who were arrested for whistleblowing against unsafe medical practice.
Creator: Christine Moffa/Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:26
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
AJN’s Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the May issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which features two CE articles: one is original research, a survey of 388 non-ICU nurses in one medical center about their role and participation with medical emergency teams (also known as rapid response teams), and another on issues and practices around organ donation after circulatory death. Other articles include a QI report on one hospital’s implementation of standardized reporting and safety checklists, a feature article on early recognition and management of stroke, another installment from our very popular series, Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step; an AJN Report on politics as a career for nurses. And, for Nurses Week, we bring you a poem “Nurse’s Son”, and an AJN Classic – a 1987 editorial by former editor Mary Mallison, answering the question, “How Can You Bear to Be a Nurse?” Of course, there’s also News, Reflections, Drug Watch, and more.
Creator: Christine Moffa/Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:42
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2010, Volume 110, Issue 4;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the April issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which features two CE articles: one is original research, examining data from the Nurses Health Study analyzing trends in remission or progression of urinary incontinence among black, white and Hispanic women, and another on evidence-based feeding strategies for people with dementia. Other articles include a feature describing an online tool to develop care plans for cancer survivors and another focusing on sexual concerns after breast cancer; an article explaining why and how to use social media sites; another article in our Letters from Afghanistan series; an interview with a nurse who helped her hospital “go green”. And there’s News, Drug Watch, and more.
Creator: Christine Moffa/Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:29
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2011, Volume 111, Issue 3;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the March issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which features two CE articles: one is original research, a qualitative study of attitudes on intimate touch in nursing care, and another on how to use algorithms in managing persistent pain in older adults. Other articles include a feature examining the growing controversy around routine contact precautions; a companion article from the AJN archives on isolation procedures; another installment from our very popular series, Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step; an AJN Report on reducing violent behavior in adolescents; a Cochrane Corner reviewing dietary interventions for rheumatoid arthritis, plus News, Drug Watch, and more.
Creator: Christine Moffa/Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:01
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2011, Volume 111, Issue 2;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the February issue, which features two CE articles: one on recognizing and safely intervening in human trafficking and the other is original research on comparing the effectiveness of buffered lidocaine with bacteriostatic normal saline for local anesthesia prior to IV catheterization. Other articles include Managing Pediatric Asthma in the ED, Atrial Fibrillation Ablation, and another installment in our series of missives, Letters from Afghanistan and of course, News, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and Reflections. There’s also a podcast with Donna Sabella, author of Combating Human Trafficking.
Creator: Christine Moffa/Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:43
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2011, Volume 111, Issue 1;
Interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which features two CE articles: one on occupational hazards for pregnant nurses and another on recognizing and managing acute alcohol withdrawal. Other articles include our Book of the Year awards; features on reducing inappropriate medications among the elderly; another installment from our very popular series, Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step ; our special “Year-in-Review” expanded news section; a Policy and Politics report on the status of the Affordable Care Act, plus Drug Watch, and more. There’s also a podcast with pregnant nurses and their managers, discussing what safeguards they practice in the perioperative setting.
Creator: Christine Moffa/Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:44
AJN The American Journal of Nursing December 2010, Volume 110, Issue 12;
December 2010 – Episode 25
Interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the December issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month features a CE article on Assessing Pain in People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities, a photo-essay on a collaborative practice birthing center in Massachusetts, an evidence-based article on managing motion sickness, and the second in our series, Letters from Afghanistan, a column written by an army nurse serving on the battlefront. There’s also a guest editorial by Susan Hassmiller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and an AJN Reports, both on the Institute of Medicine report on the future of nursing. Link to the podcasts with ANA CEO Marla Weston and the authors of the CE feature.
Creator: Christine Moffa/Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:13
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2010, Volume 110, Issue 11;
November 2010 – Episode 24
Interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the November issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which has a special focus on military families in light of Veteran’s Day, featuring an article on assisting families with deployment stress and Letter from Afghanistan, a new column written by an army nurse serving on the battlefront. Other articles include the CE feature on dietary modifications for patients with dysphagia; another installment from our very popular series, Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step; debut of our new column on Web-based media, iNurse (this month focusing on RSS feeds); a report on hazards of handling chemotherapy drugs, plus news and more. There’s also a podcast with the spouse of a deployed soldier.
Creator: Christine Moffa
Duration: 5:13
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2010, Volume 110, Issue 10;
October 2010 – Episode 23
Interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the October issue of the American Journal of Nursing, including the cover, guest editorial and historical timeline celebrating the 25th anniversary of the National Institute of Nursing Research; a CE feature on original research assessing men’s awareness of male breast cancer; an article on how dragon boat racing can benefit breast cancer survivors; reports on drug resistant TB, nurses caring for wounded soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany; safe handling of hazardous drugs; an archival piece on nursing research from 1927, plus news and more. And there are two podcasts: one with NINR director Patricia Grady and one with Eileen Davis, author of the original research piece.
Creator: Christine Moffa
Duration: 2:43
AJN The American Journal of Nursing September 2010, Volume 110, Issue 9;
September 2010 - Episode 22
Clinical editor Christine Moffa presents the lineup of the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Highlights include a CE feature on managing fecal incontinence; coverage of the possible health effects from the BP oil spill, and how recovery is progressing in the Gulf, five years post-Katrina; a report on nurse-managed health centers and their potential to provide access to care; another article in our very popular series, Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step ; the final installment in our Putting Patients First series by Planetree; and a report of a QI project on how one hospital implemented an evidence-based program to clarify the role and preparation of charge nurses.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy/Christine Moffa
Duration: 8:01
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2010, Volume 110, Issue 8;
August 2010 – Episode 21
Interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the August issue of the American Journal of Nursing, including a CE feature on original research around parents and children who have cystic fibrosis, an article on the dangers discarded unused medications cause to the environment and what some nurses did in their communities to call attention to this; a report of a QI project on how a nurse-managed program reduced urinary catheter-associated infections; a piece on how to help new parents deal with changes in sexuality and two articles on nursing history: one about the little-known nurse who co-founded The Henry Street Settlement with Lillian Wald and a reprint of an article from AJN’s archives.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy/Christine Moffa
Duration: 7:31
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2010, Volume 110, Issue 7;
July 2010 – Episode 20
Interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the July issue of the American Journal of Nursing, including a CE feature on interventions to promote exercise in chronically ill adults, three articles focusing on managing diabetes, the final article in our series, Uniting States, Sharing Strategies, and another article in our series, Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step. There’s also five pages of News this month, and a special report (and a podcast) on a “directly observed therapy” program for managing TB in the community.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy/Christine Moffa
Duration: 11:50
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2010, Volume 110, Issue 6;
June 2010 – Episode 19
Interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy, clinical editor Christine Moffa and special guest Anne Woods, AJN’s publisher and the chief nurse of Lippincott Williams &Wilkins and Ovid Technologies present the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing. There are two original research features: one, the CE feature, is a qualitative survey of nurses’ experiences with rapid response teams. The other research feature is an analysis of the foreign nurse recruitment industry which raises questions about the need for accountability in the industry. There are also articles on using the level of glycemic control to inform postop care; understanding IUDs, and an installment in our series on expanding nursing education capacity funded by the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) at AARP; plus news, Reflections, Drug Watch and more. There’s also two podcasts: one with Susan Shapiro, author of the article on rapid response teams and the other with Polly Pittman, author of the article on the recruitment industry.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy/Christine Moffa
Duration: 11:16
AJN The American Journal of Nursing 
Editorial director and interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the May issue of the American Journal of Nursing.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy/Christine Moffa
Duration: 7:33
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2010, Volume 110, Issue 4;
Editorial director and interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the April issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Of special note: the cover of a Canadian Red Cross nurse treating a Haitian child is part of a special photo essay of coverage of nurses participation in disaster relief following the earthquake in Haiti. There are two CE features including a systematic review on nursing handoffs and the effects of culture on pain, an installment in our series on expanding nursing education capacity funded by the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) at AARP; plus news, Reflections, Emergency and more. There’s also two podcasts: on with Lee Ann Riesenberg, author of the article on systematic handoffs and the other with Eugenia Miller, a nurse who volunteered in a disaster mission to Haiti.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy/Christine Moffa
Duration: 6:58
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2010, Volume 110, Issue 3;
Shawn Kennedy, editorial director and interim editor-in-chief and clinical editor Christine Moffa present highlights of the March 2010 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, including CE articles on the ongoing HIV epidemic and one on a relatively new phenomena: aging with HIV. Other articles include the third installment in our Evidence Based Practice series from Arizona State University College of Nursing, an article on Oregon's innovative nursing education model in our series from the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP, AJN Reports on the problems of accessing mental health care if uninsured, a piece on how a Florida community marshalled efforts to address infant mortality, expanded News section and resources for providing health information in Spanish. On AJNonline.com this month are podcasts with the authors of the HIV article and the director of Philadelphia's 11th Street Family Health Services Center on providing integrated, patient-centered care in a nurse-managed clinic.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:05
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2010, Volume 110, Issue 2;
Editorial director and interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the February issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Of special note: the cover and guest editorial in honor of black history month; a CE feature article on managing hemorrhage from esophageal varices; a pictorial guide to peristomal skin conditions; an overview of medications used in treating type 2 diabetes; the second installment in our series on expanding nursing education capacity funded by the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) at AARP; plus news, Drug Watch, Journal Watch.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 13:50
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2010, Volume 110, Issue 1;
Editorial director and interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa begin another year, presenting the highlights of the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Of special note: a CE feature article on the unintended consequences of life support at the end of life; a point-counterpoint on mandatory flu vaccines with ethical analysis; debut of a series of articles on solutions to expanding nursing education capacity to meet workforce needs, funded by the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) at AARP; the third article in our step-by-step evidence-based practice series; plus news, Drug Watch, Journal Watch. There’s also a new Conversations podcast with Brenda Cleary, director of the CCNA about the workforce initiative.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Christine Moffa
Duration: 6:12
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2009, Volume 109, Issue 11;
Editorial director and interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the November issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Of note: a special report on “Transforming Care at the Bedside,” detailing nurses’ work around the country; two CE articles; and two new series: “Evidence-Based Practice, Step-by-Step”, and the first of three articles from Children’s Hospital Boston in AJN’s new “Cultivating Quality” column.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Christine Moffa
Duration: 5:53
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2009, Volume 109, Issue 10;
Editorial director and interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the October issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Of special note: "Drug Administration Through an Enteral Feeding Tube," by Joseph I. Boullata, and "Influenza Vaccination with a Live Attenuated Vaccine", by Michele Michael.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Christine Moffa
Duration: 6:57
AJN The American Journal of Nursing September 2009, Volume 109, Issue 9;
Editorial director and interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Of special note: Behind the Article podcasts featuring interviews with authors Judith K. Schwarz (“Stopping Eating and Drinking”) and Suzy Lockwood-Rayerman (Original Research: “Women’s Awareness of Ovarian Cancer Risks and Symptoms”).
Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Christine Moffa
Duration: 5:33
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2009, Volume 109, Issue 8;
Editorial director Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Christine Moffa present the highlights of the August issue of AJN, including a continuing education article, Post-Breast Cancer Lymphedema: Part 2, which discusses risk reduction and management of this complication from treatment; a feature article with historic photos discussing how AJN didn’t report on the role of German nurses during the holocaust (also check out an interview with the author in our podcasts); “lessons learned” by a school of nursing who provided primary care to hurricane evacuees following Hurricane Katrina; an update on recommendations to use hemoglobin A1c levels as a diagnostic tool for diabetes; a review of a recent article evaluating the evidence behind frequency of patient turning to prevent pressure ulcers. Of special note: podcasts featuring an interview with and the music of Liyana, the young Zimbabwean musicians with disabilities who recently toured the United States.
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