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AJN’s September Issue: Care of Incarcerated Pregnant Women, Gun Violence, Pressure Ulcer Guidelines, More

September 3, 2013

AJN0913.Cover.OnlineAJN‘’s September issue is now available on our Web site. Here’s a selection of what not to miss.

Loneliness may be linked to multiple chronic illnesses, decline in positive health practices, and increased risk of death, as described in this  month’s original research article, “Loneliness and Quality of Life in Chronically Ill Rural Older Adults.” Data from the pilot study described in the article suggest that nurses’ assessment and management of loneliness in this population is vital. You can earn 2.5 CE credits with this article. If you’re reading AJN on your iPad, you can listen to a podcast interview with the author by clicking on the podcast icon on the first page of the article. The podcast is also available on our Web site.

In 2004, only 54% of incarcerated pregnant women received some type of pregnancy care, and the quality of that care varied widely. Pregnant women in prisons face other risks, such as poor nutrition and heavy workloads, and often are required to be shackled during labor, despite laws to the contrary. These practices, as well as implications for nursing practice, policy, and research, are discussed in this month’s CE feature, “Care of Pregnant Women in the Criminal Justice System.” Earn 2.5 CE credits by reading this article and taking the test that follows it. Don’t miss the podcast interview with the author (click on the podcast icon on the first page of the article if you’re using your iPad, or visit our podcasts page).

In the United States, there are over 30,000 gun-related deaths per year and more than twice as many nonfatal injuries, making gun violence a significant public health issue. “Gun Violence and the Role of Health Care: A Confusing State of Affairs,” an article in our Policy and Politics column, calls for the nursing profession to take a clearer stand on this important and often divisive issue.

There is much more in this issue, including a Cultivating Quality article on using crew resource management to reduce the frequency of failure-to-rescue events, an article overviewing the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care pressure ulcer guidelines, and a newly focused Nursing Resources column (this month’s is about Medline.Plus.gov).

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