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AJN The American Journal of Nursing: February 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 2 - p 13
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000460667.87908.90
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What We're Blogging About

  • Why do some hospitals only use large-bore catheters for blood transfusions? AJN clinical editor Betsy Todd questions the wisdom of this practice in “Nurses Reconsider Accepted Wisdom About Transfusion Catheter Size” (
  • Check out our compilation of popular posts in “Nurses at Center Stage: AJN’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014” (
  • In “Too Tired to Nurse” (, AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy questions whether most RNs see long hours and the risk of making errors as a real issue to be addressed or simply as a fact of life.

What Readers are Saying on Twitter, Facebook, and our Blog

“In many situations, nurses sacrifice for the patients and the administration takes advantage of this.” “Although 12-hour shifts are less glaringly flawed than 24-hour shifts, they still pose the same danger. I'm curious what the research says. How is reaction time affected? Decision making? Critical thinking?” “I once sang Christmas carols to a comatose patient in the ICU while I was giving him a bath. A few days later, while making rounds, I saw him—now awake and alert. He said, ‘I remember you, you're the one who sang Christmas carols to me.’ I will never forget him.” “I interviewed with a couple of long-term care facilities… and it disturbed me that the rehabilitation units were… hiring new grads to be ‘charge nurse’ over CNAs without an experienced RN to even be able to consult with to boot! Yikes!”

February Podcasts

  • Monthly highlights: Listen to AJN editors discuss the contents of the February issue.
  • Behind the article: Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with
    • Jane Braaten, the author of “Hospital System Barriers to Rapid Response Team Activation: A Cognitive Work Analysis.”
    • Sue Hassmiller, the lead author of “A Bold New Vision for America's Health Care System.”
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