Behind the Article

An interview with an author or expert offering insight and additional information related to an article in AJN.
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Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 10:12
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Geraldine Rose Britton, lead author of “The Experiences of Pregnant Smokers and Their Providers.”
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:47
AJN The American Journal of Nursing May 2017, Volume 117, Issue 5;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Kathleen G. Burke, Tonya Johnson, and Christine Sites about their study, in which they 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.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 17:51
AJN The American Journal of Nursing May 2017, Volume 117, Issue 5;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Laura Anderko and Barbara Polivka about “Project TENDR,” a collaborative initiative of scientists, health professionals, and children’s health advocates to promote chemical policy reform to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 12:09
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with nurses from Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, about a study they conducted to determine how an electronic risk assessment tool would compare with nurses’ judgment in identifying patients at risk.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 8:14
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2017, Volume 117, Issue 4;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Mary H. Palmer about her article, which provides an evidence-based review of the screening, assessment, and management of overactive bladder in women—many of whom do not seek help for the condition and try to self-manage its symptoms, which may inadvertently worsen them.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:32
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2017, Volume 117, Issue 4;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Stephanie Chalupka about her article, which examines the evidence on the likely effects of climate change on mental health and well-being, and discusses these health impacts, their mechanisms of action, and the unique vulnerabilities of some populations, as well as the need to build resilience.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:19
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2017, Volume 117, Issue 3;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with author Karen Roush about her article, which offers suggestions for developing good writing habits and tips on getting started. It’s the first in a new series designed to help nurses sharpen their writing skills.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 13:48
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2017, Volume 117, Issue 3;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Linda MacIntyre, chief nurse of the American Red Cross, about what nurses do as volunteers.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 17:00
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2017, Volume 117, Issue 2;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with authors Gayle Romancito, Stephanie Mahooty, and Andrew S. Narva about their article, which provides an overview of chronic kidney disease, describes identification and etiology, and discusses ways to slow disease progression.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:06
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2017, Volume 117, Issue 2;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with authors Sonya L. Kowalski and Maureen Anthony about their article, in which they explore the nurse’s historical and contemporary role in promoting patient safety by discussing a content analysis they conducted of 1,086 AJN articles published from 1900 through 2015.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:31
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2017, Volume 117, Issue 1;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with author Anne Katz about her article, which 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
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 13:47
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with author Christine Anne Ganzer about her article, which 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.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 12:08
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Susan C. Reinhard and Heather M. Young about their guest editorial, which address the need for nurses to provide family caregivers with more guidance on performing increasingly complex tasks.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 17:25
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2016, Volume 116, Issue 10;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with authors Douglas P. Olsen and Mary Alison Smania about their article, which examines the ethical and practical significance of making a distinction between research and not research when using data to identify best practices and improve care.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 11:27
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2016, Volume 116, Issue 10;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with author Tonja M. Hartjes about her article, which provides an overview of clinical considerations related to the assessment and treatment of pain, agitation, and delirium, which often occur together as parts of a syndrome that may be difficult to recognize in older adults.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:19
AJN The American Journal of Nursing September 2016, Volume 116, Issue 9;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with author Debra L. Campo about her article, which 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—herself a nurse—led to misdiagnosis and could have resulted in death.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 11:51
AJN The American Journal of Nursing September 2016, Volume 116, Issue 9;
The experience of military sexual trauma (MST), which can result from assault, battery, or harass¬ment of a sexual nature, may jeopardize the mental health of service members as well as that of their fam¬ily members, colleagues, and community members. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with lead author Denise M. Eckerlin about her article, which examines the unique ways in which men experience MST and explores the influence of stereotypes of masculinity, myths surrounding sexual assault, and military culture and structure on victims.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:07
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2016, Volume 116, Issue 8;
The overall incidence of head and neck cancer has declined in the United States over the past 30 years due to reduction in tobacco use. Over that same period, however, the worldwide incidence of oropharyngeal cancer has escalated significantly—an epidemic rise that is largely attributed to certain genotypes of the human papillomavirus (HPV). AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with lead author Janet McKiernan about her article, which provides an overview of head and neck cancer—its incidence, risk factors, treatment, and posttreatment sequelae—with a focus on HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 13:37
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2016, Volume 116, Issue 8;
Young adult burn survivors who were burned before they reached young adulthood face particular challenges in meeting their needs for socialization. AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with author Marie S. Giordano about a qualitative study she conducted to explore 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.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 17:06
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2016, Volume 116, Issue 7;
Over the past two decades, the use of opioids to manage chronic pain has increased substantially. Within this same period, unintentional death related to prescription opioids has been identified as a public health crisis, owing in part to such factors as insufficient professional training and medication overprescription, misuse, and diversion. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Risa Denenberg and Carol P. Curtiss about their article, which offers an overview of current best practices for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 11:16
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2016, Volume 116, Issue 7;
Moral distress is a pervasive problem in the nursing profession. An inability to act in alignment with one’s moral values is detrimental not only to the nurse’s well-being but also to patient care and clinical practice as a whole. AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Cynda Hylton Rushton, who wrote about the concept and prevalence of moral distress in nursing, and how it can lead to moral resilience.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 8:53
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2016, Volume 116, Issue 6;
AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks to author Amanda Anderson about the initial installment of her new column for recent graduates, “Transition to Practice,” in which she shares preparation tips for the first day on the job.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:16
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2016, Volume 116, Issue 6;
In the rural setting, women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) face unique challenges. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy with Karen Roush about a study she conducted to analyze the perceptions of rural health care providers regarding IPV prevalence, how comfortable they feel asking about emotional and physical abuse, and whether they feel able to help those women who disclose it.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 12:30
AJN The American Journal of Nursing June 2016, Volume 116, Issue 6;
AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks to Marianne Matzo, author of “Perspectives on Palliative Nursing: Palliative Chemotherapy,” and Sally Welsh, CEO of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, about the use of chemotherapy in patients with end-stage cancer.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:44
AJN The American Journal of Nursing May 2016, Volume 116, Issue 5;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy discusses Theresa Brown’s latest What I’m Reading column as well as her book, “The Shift.”
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 16:48
AJN The American Journal of Nursing May 2016, Volume 116, Issue 5;
Although napping is used to reduce sleepiness and fatigue in other safety-sensitive industries, it has not had widespread acceptance in nursing. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks to lead author Jeanne Geiger-Brown about 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.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:23
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2016, Volume 116, Issue 4;
AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks co-author Deborah Greenwald about a study of nurses’ self-reported health-promoting behaviors, which revealed that many nurses may not practice adequate self-care, and underscored the importance of prioritizing nurses’ health at both the individual and institutional levels.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:34
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2016, Volume 116, Issue 4;
Research has shown that nurses who participate in shared decision making (SDM) have more control over their practice and greater job satisfaction, and hospitals that have instituted SDM have lower rates of nurse turnover and better patient outcomes. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Karen Murray, who wrote about the successful implementation of a shared decision-making structure at a pediatric Magnet hospital and the lessons learned from the project.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:21
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2016, Volume 116, Issue 3;
Child sexual abuse is a global issue that all nurses must be aware of and knowledgeable about as they care for children in various settings. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Donna Sabella, who wrote about the prevalence, potential risk factors, and possible signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, as well as long-term issues faced by survivors.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:50
AJN The American Journal of Nursing March 2016, Volume 116, Issue 3;
From 1995 to 2010, U.S. prisons saw a 282% rise in the number of older inmates (ages 55 and older), and between 2001 and 2007, nearly 8,500 prisoners ages 55 and older died while incarcerated. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with one of the authors about their review of the literature, in which they 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.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 12:16
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2016, Volume 116, Issue 2;
Nurse-to-nurse bullying is unfortunately common in health care settings—studies reveal it ranges from 31% to 57%. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Ronald Keller, who wrote about an initiative put in place in his acute care setting to address the problem.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:39
AJN The American Journal of Nursing February 2016, Volume 116, Issue 2;
Studies have shown that a diverse health care workforce is key to reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health care. But while the U.S. Latino population has tripled, the Latino RN workforce has not kept pace. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the author about the issues spurring this research and what can be done to increase the number of Latino nurses.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 11:16
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2016, Volume 116, Issue 1;
AJN’s Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with clinical nurse specialist Carol P. Curtiss about how efforts to address prescription opioid abuse may lead to unintended consequences.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:46
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2016, Volume 116, Issue 1;
AJN Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with author Victoria Menzies about her article “Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Current Considerations in Symptom Management.”
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:44
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2015, Volume 115, Issue 11;
The Elder Justice Act was signed into law in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. AJN’s Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with elder care expert Terry Fulmer on the effects of this law and its implications for nurses.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 19:52
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2015, Volume 115, Issue 11;
AJN launches the first article in a series on cancer survivorship care. Author Kara Mosesso and Mary McCabe, clinical director of the Cancer Survivorship Initiative at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss this article, which reviews the identification, evaluation, and management of potential treatment-related effects in adult survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplants.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 16:07
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2015, Volume 115, Issue 10;
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the NP role with the launch of the first NP program at the University of Colorado in 1965. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the authors, both at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of Nursing History at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, about the significance of the role and future directions
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:55
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2015, Volume 115, Issue 10;
AJN launches the first in a five-part series of articles that will examine various aspects of holistic nursing and integrative care. AJN editor in chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Margo Halm, co-author of this overview of how hospitals are incorporating these therapies for patients, families and staff. Subsequent articles will focus on the most common modalities, including imagery, massage, acupressure and essential oils.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:07
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2015, Volume 115, Issue 8;
Author Barbra Mann Wall describes her article, which uses oral history interviews to give voice to retired African nurse leaders, who describe what nursing practice and education meant to them during and after periods of colonization in Africa from the 1950s to the 1970s. Their stories offer alternative concepts of nursing identity formation and professionalism.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 10:41
AJN The American Journal of Nursing August 2015, Volume 115, Issue 8;
Author Renee C.B. Manworren describes how prescription opioid abuse has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. Her article explains that nurses are in a vital position to help reverse this public health crisis and provides three key interventions in which nurses play a critical role to help prevent opioid abuse.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 11:42
Author Linda K. Anderson describes her article “Nursing Management of Patients with Ehlers—Danlos Syndrom, in which she provides and overview of this hereditary connective tissue disorder. She offers guidance on ways nurses can manage symptoms, recognize and prevent serious complications , and improve patients’ quality of life.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:24
Author Corinna Dan describes her article, which reviews the epidemiology and diagnosis of viral hepatitis. It also discusses new screening recommendations and innovations in assessment and treatment of the disease. It also outlines an updated action plan in which nurses play an important role in the coordination of care for viral hepatitis
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:10
AJN The American Journal of Nursing May 2015, Volume 115, Issue 5;
Author Gigi Smith describes her article, the first in a two-part series on epilepsy, which discusses new research on the causes of epilepsy, new definitions that are changing the ways we evaluate the disease, and the psychosocial challenges faced by people who have it.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 13:53
Author Linda Eanes describes the acute and chronic effects of sleep loss on nurses, strategies they can use to increase the quantity and quality of their sleep, and institutional policies that can promote adequate rest and recuperation between work shifts for nursing staff.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:46
There are multiple options available for men with newly diagnosed, low-risk, localized prostate cancer. Author Anne Katz explains how nurses can help these men and their partners make treatment decisions that are appropriate for their particular circumstances.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 12:39
Author Debra Gerardi describes her article - the first in a three-part series on conflict engagement for nurse leaders. She explains these abilities and presents a model for addressing conflict based on recognizing the importance of relationships and the patterns they create.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:12
Author Jane Braaten discusses how she used a framework of cognitive work analysis to examine factors affecting nurses’ decision making when activating rapid response teams in emergency situations.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 21:00
Author Susan Hassmiller discusses the impact of the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, at five years. This is the first article in our new series exploring the report’s recommendations, outcomes, and projections.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 11:35
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2015, Volume 115, Issue 1;
Life-threatening problems can occur years after repair of congenital heart defects and many adults who had these repairs as children may present in EDs, clinics and other non-cardiac settings, especially if they have not had ongoing cardiology follow-up. AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with author McRae about her work with these patients and what nurses in any setting need to know about congenital heart disease.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:30
ICN CEO David Benton speaks about the challenges with safely delivering health care to patients and families in conflict zones across the world. He describes how ICN provides resources and support to nurses in these areas.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 16:04
Three nurses from Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI, discuss how their evidence-based project found that smaller-than-20-gauge catheters can be used safely.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 16:33
Doug Olsen discusses how military nurses at Guantanamo Bay face conflicting ethical imperatives and potential real world consequences over force-feeding Guantánamo Bay detainees. Military nurses are bound by the Oath of Commissioned Officers to protect their country and not simply to follow orders—in this way, their oath differs from the one taken by enlisted personnel. While officers are legally bound by the Uniform Code of Military Justice to follow orders, they are also expected to use sound judgment in assessing them—and to sometimes refuse those that are not in the best interests of the country, even if doing so means they will be held morally and legally responsible for the exceptional act of refusal. In some situations, the moral expectation to assess orders can present a conflict of fundamental values with a high potential for moral distress for the nurses involved.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:38
Sufferers of mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) often have no physical symptoms and this injury may be undetected at first, yet it often has a profound negative effect on quality of life, including functional abilities and interpersonal relationships. AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with author Hyatt about her work with these patients and what all nurses need to know to recognize mTBI injuries.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 21:57
Author Maureen Cavanagh shares her experience treating a pregnant woman with terminal ovarian cancer, and how the patient inspired in staff a commitment to patient-centered care.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 24:58
Authors Kathleen McCauley and Karen B. Hirschman discuss the identification and management of cognitive impairment in hospitalized older adults. They stress that research involving this population must actively engage clinicians, patients, and family caregivers, as well as address the complex process of managing postdischarge care.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 20:32
This is a story of how a team of nurses restored a patient’s hope. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the lead author of the team at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester about how they helped this patient with an unusual and painful illness to begin a journey towards recovery. Their attention to basic nursing care with a holistic approach is an exemplar of what care should be.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 20:30
Dr. Kathleen Murphy is the author of this month’s In Our Community, “Emergency Anaphylaxis at School.” She discusses how as the health services director for the Milwaukee Public Schools, she witnessed children having symptoms of anaphylaxis who lacked the first response they needed. As a result, Dr. Murphy helped to develop and initiate an emergency anaphylaxis response protocol so nurses would have access to stock epinephrine autoinjectors.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:21
Seth Reed is the lead author on this month’s CE, “Champions for Central Line Care.” He discusses his work as a nurse in the acuity adaptable critical care unit at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, where he and colleagues developed a quality improvement project for reducing central line associated blood stream infections.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 19:10
Rohini Paul is the primary author of this month’s CE, “Sustaining Pressure Ulcer Best Practices in a High-Volume Cardiac care Environment.” As one of the world’s largest and busiest cardiac hospitals, NHCH experienced a sharp increase in surgical procedures in 2009 as well as a rise in hospital acquired pressure ulcers. As a result, staff embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce these occurrences, and were surprisingly successful.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:40
Jeniece Trast is a clinical research nurse and certified diabetes educator in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s Hospital Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. A former patient of Trast’s, 16-year-old Ana and her mother, Angie, describe adjusting to the special physical and psychological challenges in managing type 1 diabetes during adolescence.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:41
Some hospitals will not employ workers who smoke, including nurses. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the author, who is also AJN’s contributing editor for ethics, about the ethical aspects around this issue and whether this is the best way to curb smoking.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:47
The health care needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are receiving attention from the IOM and AHRQ to address disparities that result from lingering social stigma. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy talks with lead author Fidel Lim about the issues and how nurses can help provide culturally competent care.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:10
Less than a year after being was struck by a devastating earthquake, Haiti experienced a widespread cholera epidemic. Mary Lou Fisher, author of this article, discusses with AJN editor in chief Shawn Kennedy the work of Samaritan’s Purse, an NGO group, in responding to the epidemic and treating over 23,000 patients at several sites.
Creator: Karen Roush
Duration: 17:35
Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush and author Tracy Evanson discuss the importance of screening all patients for intimate partner violence and the unique issues rural survivors encounter because of where they live.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:23
Telehealth (using technology and communications to provide care over long distances) is gaining in use as it contributes to increasing access to care and lowering cost by promoting out-of-hospital care and reducing readmissions. But because it’s new and unfamiliar, adoption may be slow or even resisted by some. Author Janet Grady discusses with AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy the important role telehealth is playing in care and offers a view of how it can be incorporated by nurses as a new tool to provide high quality care.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:51
It used to be that evidence of sexual assault was not collected during the initial health exam unless the assault survivor had already initiated a report to law enforcement agencies. However, recognizing the trauma surrounding an assault, some states do conduct a forensic exam, store the evidence and allow survivors up to two years to decide whether or not to report the crime. Lead author Laurie Heffron discusses with AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy the findings of her mixed methods study of the impact of this nonreport option on health professionals, survivors and the criminal justice system.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 16:05
Brous is a nurse and attorney, a contributing editor for AJN, and coordinates our legal column. AJN editor-in-chief discusses with Brous common problems that lead nurses to her door and what nurses can learn from this particular case.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 22:57
Although pain following tonsillectomy varies from patient to patient, it is typically prolonged, constant and fairly severe. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the authors about their work in managing pain following the procedure, changes in guidelines and thinking around medications and schedules, and important considerations for increasing parental adherence to treatment plans.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 22:43
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2014, Volume 114, Issue 1;
Recent mass shootings may lead the public to believe all people with mental illness can become violent. Author Donna Sabella discusses with AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy what role, if any, mental illness plays in violent behavior. She describes what the research shows and offers some pointers for assessing for violence risk.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 19:12
AJN The American Journal of Nursing January 2014, Volume 114, Issue 1;
In June 2010, we published Pittman’s article on ethical recruitment of foreign-educated nurses (FENS); now, Pittman and colleagues report on a survey of FENS regarding equitable treatment in the workplace. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy discusses the findings with Pittman.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:43
AJN The American Journal of Nursing December 2013, Volume 113, Issue 12;
If you’ve ever been a patient in a hospital, you know how noisy it is, even at night. One unit at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center decided to embark on a quality improvement project aimed at decreasing noise to promote sleep. Gina Murphy, the nurse manager of the unit and the lead author, discusses the project with AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy.
Creator: Karen Roush
Duration: 18:57
AJN The American Journal of Nursing December 2013, Volume 113, Issue 12;

Linda Eisele-Hlubocky & JoAnne Sehr
Clinical Managing Editor Karen Roush speaks with the authors about their article and the implementation of the Iowa Model to promote quality care through a family pet visitation program. They explain the benefits to patients, their families, and even to hospital staff.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:56
AJN The American Journal of Nursing December 2013, Volume 113, Issue 12;
Should there be an influenza pandemic, hospitals will need to rely on their employees who may be fearful for their own health or spreading the illness to families. In this study, research Sharon Martin and colleagues report on a survey of Maine nurses and their willingness to report to work and what factors might influence them to do so. Some of her results are surprising. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy discusses the ramifications of her findings and what nurse administrators need to keep in mind.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:43
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2013, Volume 113, Issue 11;
Hospitals invest considerable resources in recruiting and transitioning new nurses to practice, yet many leave after their first year. This qualitative research study explores what a cohort of these nurses have to say about what they found valuable – or not- in their orientation program. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy discusses the issues with the lead author and what the key messages might be.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 20:05
AJN The American Journal of Nursing November 2013, Volume 113, Issue 11;
Also known as valley fever, this fungal infection is under-diagnosed or often misdiagnosed, leading to debilitating and chronic effects. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy discusses the author’s personal experiences, why this disease seems to be increasing, and what she hopes nurses will take away from this article.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 17:36

Christine Waszynski & Patricia Veronneau
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the authors about their nurse-led project to make better use of the “sitters” who were providing continuous observation for patients suffering from cognitive impairment, delirium and other conditions causing agitated behavior. Simple interventions led to less disruptive behavior.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 9:54
Often times, mouth care may be neglected or performed inadequately to reduce oral bacteria that may cause pneumonia. This article offers a step-by- step guide to evidence-based practice for oral care for intubated patients. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy discusses the author’s experience in writing this article and what she hopes nurses will take away from it.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 22:53

Jennifer Mallow (Left) & Laurie Theeke (Right)
Loneliness is a contributing factor to various health problems in older adults. This pilot study of community-dwelling older adults in Appalachia showed the presence of significant loneliness and loneliness was significantly related to the number of comorbidities and use of several medications. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the authors about the implications for nurses in assessing and intervening in loneliness.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 20:04
Current practices in the treatment and transfer of pregnant inmates in this country may negatively affect maternal and fetal health or well-being. Some, like shackling during labor, may violate federal or state laws; others conflict with standards of obstetric care and are widely considered unethical or inhumane. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy discusses these practices and implications for nurses with the author.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 19:51
Clinical managing editor Karen Roush speaks with Dr. Jodie Gary, assistant professor at Texas ANM Health Science Center College, and author of the article “Exploring the Concept and Use of Positive Deviance in Nursing.” She describes the difficulty nurses encounter providing patient-centered care while remaining within strict policies in a complex environment. Nurses who extend care beyond these policies know that they’re deviating, but are doing so in a responsible way with honorable intentions that benefit the patient. She suggests increased flexibility through guidelines rather than rules under circumstances that require the adaptation of care to suit the patient and their immediate needs.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 21:00
It’s estimated that only 25% of veterans access care through the VA Health Care System, so it’s highly likely that nurses in all settings will find themselves at some point providing care to veterans. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with this author about the unique health issues of recent veterans and what nurses should know and think about when they are assessing them.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 19:13
Nurses often encounter patients who, despite best efforts by both the nurse and the patient, are unable to follow the treatment plan and may even pursue hurtful behaviors, like a patient with COPD who continues to smoke. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the author, who is also AJN’s contributing editor for ethics, about this issue, how it can interfere with the nurse-patient relationship, and approaches nurses can take when patients do self-defeating behavior.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:53
Sleep patterns are fairly well-established until adolescence when physiologic and social needs interfere with sleep cycles. Adolescents typically need about nine hours of sleep but typically get far less. AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy discusses the ramifications of sleep disruptions in this group with author Nancy George.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 27:51

Ruth McDermott

Nina Kaktins

Barbara Sattler
Fracking (high volume hydraulic fracturing) releases natural gas trapped below the earth and involves a process of drilling into the earth and pumping high volumes of water, sand and chemicals (some of which are known to be toxic) under pressure to release the gases. The water is then collected and stored in open air tanks until it can be decontaminated and discarded. Early reports link fracking with contaminated drinking water from leakages as well as health problems for workers, farm animals and residents, including respiratory, skin and eye problems, headaches and other neurological symptoms and fatigue. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the authors about how nurses can be involved in monitoring exposure symptoms, raising awareness of hazards and advocating for prevention of public health illness by being proactive.
Creator: Karen Roush
Duration: 19:20
In our May issue, we celebrate Nurses Week with this podcast on a program at Salem Hospital called Nurses Give Back. These projects addressed access to care and community health improvement activities (such as vaccination drives) and community building (working with Habitat for Humanity, for instance). Some were designed to provide money and in-kind contributions to chosen charities. Other projects benefited patients during hospitalization, such as the “Clothing Closet,” which is stocked by the staff and offers items to homeless and low-income patients.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 23:02
AJN The American Journal of Nursing April 2013, Volume 113, Issue 4;
In our April issue, we give a nod to Earth Day (April 22) and its focus on the environment. The article, “Greening the ‘Proclamation for Change’: Healing Through Sustainable Health Care Environments” (free until May 8), by Laura Anderko and colleagues Stephanie Chalupka, Whitney Austin Gray, and Karen Kesten, highlights how hospitals can incorporate design elements and practices not only to reduce energy consumption and garbage, but to provide a healing environment for patients and staff.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:42
People with mental health issues are often labeled as mentally ill even though they may be functional and even successful in other areas. Author Sabella and AJN editor in chief Shawn Kennedy discuss how our view of mental illness focuses on definitions of pathology (which can change over time) and tends to be limiting in a holistic view of human reactions.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:19
“Acute kidney injury is an independent risk factor for both prolonged length of hospital stay and in-hospital mortality.” Incidence rates among patients in US ICUs ranges from 22% to as high as 57%. Vrtis talks with AJN editor in chief Shawn Kennedy about the importance of assessing early indicators and implications for nurses.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 13:37
Sex in nursing homes? Why not. As author Katz explains, “we all have a fundamental need for touch and self-expression.” AJN editor in chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Dr. Anne Katz about how most facilities haven’t addressed this issue and what might nurses and administrators consider.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 19:59
While there’s been much in the literature about the importance of improving hand hygiene practices in acute care settings, there’s been little about this topic in the outpatient setting. AJN editor in chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the lead author about this report on an intervention to improve hand hygiene practices among health care providers in two outpatient clinics.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 21:06
Medication regimens in patients with Parkinson’s Disease may be complex, partly owing to the short one-to-two hour half-life of the primary medication, carbidopa-levodopa (Sinemet). When these patients are subject to prolonged medication withholding because of NPO restrictions prior to surgery, symptoms become exacerbated quickly and patients can become agitated, hallucinate and suffer extreme rigidity. AJN editor in chief Shawn Kennedy discusses the findings of these two studies with the authors and the implications for nurses.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 24:40
The article details how a public health nurse (Matthews) teamed-up with a mother (Moore) who lost her young son to SIDS. Together, they helped change Arkansas child-care licensing regulations to mandate safe sleeping practices. AJN editor in chief Shawn Kennedy talks with them and pediatrician David Matthews (husband of Rebecca and Moore’s pediatrician) about their successful public health initiative.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 14:08
We know that traditional health counseling for obese children and adolescents, in which we prescribe more exercise and better eating habits, hasn’t been all that successful. AJN editor in chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Viewpoint author Bonnie Gance-Cleveland about her work with obese teens and their families that began with an initiative by NAPNAP in 1996 and has become her focus. She discussed using motivational interviewing as a collaborative approach to help families change.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 23:52
While growth in many other professions have seen more balance in the sexes, this has not been true for nursing. Men still represent fewer than 10% of licensed RNs since 2000. AJN’s editor in chief discusses the issues with the authors (in photo, Bonnie Schmidt with Brent MacWilliams, and Michael Bleich), examining what factors might be barriers to more men becoming nurses and how might the professional change them.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 25:47
AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy talks with author Meredeth Rowe about her CE feature article this month, in which she explains the difference between missing incidents in people with dementia, and dementia-related ‘wandering;’ a distinction that is critical to assessment, intervention, and prevention.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 15:17
Many people erroneously consider depression to be an inevitable part of aging, but this is untrue. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy talks with author Cynthia Cahoon about her review article, in which she provides an overview of depression in older adults and offers information on screening, treatments and implications for nurses.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 16:37
AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy talks with author Donna Sabella about what has become one of the hallmark illnesses among returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans: PTSD.
Creator: Karen Roush
Duration: 33:48
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2012, Volume 112, Issue 10;
AJN’s clinical managing editor Karen Roush speaks with authors Mary Anne McCabe and Eileen Toughill about their article which explores treatments, testing, and symptoms of celiac disease.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 27:45
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2012, Volume 112, Issue 10;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Edie Brous, an active defense lawyer for over 30 years. Her series, debuting in October 2012, is designed to educate readers on misconceptions around nursing board actions, what actions nurses should take if they are called before the board, and strategies to safeguard their nursing license.
Creator: Karen Roush
Duration: 17:33
Clinical managing editor Karen Roush interviews Acieta Small, who discusses her implementation of a staff education program for improved patient care while she managed a med-surge unit at New York University’s large teaching facility, Langone Medical Center, in New York City. A quality of care assessment of the unit, staffed with long-term nursing attendants and RNs, found that patient care services were negatively impacted by practice issues such as attendant accuracy with vital signs, recording intake and output, and communication among the technicians and nurses. Although the RNs were involved in continuing education opportunities, technicians were not. Nurses volunteered to lead an initiative to upgrade technicians’ skills by addressing their educational needs. Both collaborated to define staff roles, which enhanced their team spirit for better patient care.
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