March 2014 - Volume 114 - Issue 3
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Original Research: Giving Sexual Assault Survivors Time to Decide An Exploration of the Use and Effects of the Nonreport Option

Heffron, Laurie Cook; Busch-Armendariz, Noël Bridget; Vohra, Shetal S.; More

AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 114(3):26-35, March 2014.

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CE: Nursing in the Fourth Decade of the HIV Epidemic

Starr, Whitney Marie; Springer, Lucy Bradley

AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 114(3):38-47, March 2014.

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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: 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: 3:06
This video accompanies “Nursing in the Fourth Decade of the HIV Epidemic,” a CE feature by Whitney Marie Starr and Lucy Bradley-Springer, which appears in the March 2014 issue of AJN. This digital story describes one of the authors’ early experience with an HIV-infected patient and how she learned things that changed her nursing perspective.
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