By Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor/blog editor
Maybe, who knows, some social media content isn’t really quite as ephemeral as we usually believe. Some of our posts seem to keep finding readers, like 2009′s “New Nurses Face Reality Shock in Hospitals–So What Else Is New?” They’re still relevant and timely, addressing as they do some of the more perennial topics in nursing.
Our 20 most-read posts for the year include several others that aren’t “new” this year: “Parting Thoughts: 10 Lessons Learned from Florence Nightingale’s Life”; “Confused About the Charge Nurse Role? You’re Not Alone”; “‘Go Home, Stay, Good Nurse’: Hospital Staffing Practices Suck the Life Out of Nurses”; “Is the Florence Nightingale Pledge in Need of a Makeover?”; “Do Male Nurses Face Reverse Sexism?”; “Fecal Impaction and Dementia: Knowing What to Look for Could Save Lives”; “Are Nursing Strikes Ethical? New Research Raises the Stakes”; and “One Take on the Top 10 Issues Facing Nursing.”
The upstarts. Putting aside posts that have shown a certain longevity, here are the top 10 new posts of 2012, according to our readers, in case you missed them along the way. Are they our best posts of 2012? We will leave that to you. Thanks to everyone who wrote, read, and commented on this blog over the past year.
1. The Case of Amanda Trujillo
2. E-Cigarettes: Positive Smoking Substitute or a New Problem Replacing the Old?
3. Boards of Nursing and the Amanda Trujillo Case
4. Health Technology Hazards: Top 10 for 2012
5. Nurse Staffing: Are the Brits on the Right Track?
6. The Cruel Irony of Alzheimer’s Disease
7. States Easing Up, Pediatricians Buckling Down on Childhood Immunizations
8. More Evidence: Should We Get Rid of 12-Hour Nursing Shifts, Despite Their Popularity?
9. ‘How Can You Bear to Be a Nurse?’ Nurses Week Begins
10. ‘The Inexhaustible Well’–Notes from a Trauma Nurse on Mortality