Creator: Shawn Kennedy
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.