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AJN, American Journal of Nursing: November 2010 - Volume 110 - Issue 11 - p 23
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000390514.30523.c7
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"In my experience, physicians look at an old lady with Alzheimer's and assume that her babbling and psychotic bursts are part of the package," writes AJN's associate editor, Amy M. Collins, in her blog post "No Country for Old Women," in which she describes the failure of multiple providers to assess and treat the underlying cause of the rapid acceleration of her grandmother's dementia symptoms. Bookmark or subscribe to our blog Off the Charts ( to read daily updates and share your thoughts on what you see in your nursing world.


"Patients do not fit into 'boxes' of medical categories (elderly, dementia, Alzheimer's). That is simply lazy health care." "Charge nurse is not my first choice for employment. Actually I avoid it at all costs!" "I call the assignment of virtue to nurses 'the burden of the color white.'" "Of course I care about my patients—but that is not what keeps my patients alive."

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  • Monthly highlights: Listen to AJN editors discuss the contents of the November issue.
  • Conversations: Interim editor-in-chief, Shawn Kennedy, speaks with Kelly Vanfosson, wife of Christopher A. Vanfosson, an army nurse and author of our new column, Letters from Afghanistan, about how her husband's deployment impacts her and their four young children.
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