The September issue of AJN is now live. Here are some articles we’d like to bring to your attention.
CE Feature: “Original Research: Predicting Injurious Falls in the Hospital Setting: Implications for Practice”
Despite years of research and increasingly evidence-based practice, falls continue to be the most commonly reported adverse events experienced by hospitalized adults. Yet most of the relevant research has focused on predicting and preventing falls in general; there has been little focus on injurious falls. In an attempt to identify which patient factors are associated with injurious falls in hospitalized adults, the authors of this retrospective study analyzed 10 variables. Their findings may help hospital clinicians to identify at-risk patients and create better fall-related injury prevention interventions.
CE Feature: “Military Sexual Trauma in Male Service Members”
The experience of military sexual trauma (MST), which can result from assault, battery, or harassment of a sexual nature, may jeopardize the mental health of service members. This article discusses the unique ways in which men may experience MST and examines how social stereotypes of masculinity, myths surrounding sexual assault, and military culture and structure often influence a man’s interpretation of an attack and his likelihood of reporting the incident or seeking treatment. It also describes current treatments for MST-related mental health conditions and addresses implications for nurses and other health care professionals.
Clinical Feature: “Recognizing Myocardial Infarction in Women: A Case Study”
The author provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of myocardial infarction in women and highlights how the failure to recognize them in the case of one woman—herself a nurse—led to misdiagnosis and could have resulted in death.
Legal Clinic: “Legal Considerations in Telehealth and Telemedicine”
As telehealth modalities become integrated into practice, issues of licensure, privacy, security, confidentiality, scope of practice, and definitions of the practice of nursing all need to be considered. This article examines the legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the rapidly growing practice of remote health care delivery.
There’s much more in our September issue, including a Teaching for Practice article that explores the benefits and challenges surrounding the strategy of “flipping” the classroom and a Nursing Resources column that discusses Charting Nursing’s Future—a series of policy briefs on topics of interest to nurses. Click here to browse the table of contents and explore the issue on our Web site.
A note on the cover: On this month’s cover, U.S. Army generals attend the commencement ceremony for the annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. SAAPM is recognized by both military and civilian communities each April.
This year, the military chose the theme “Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part” to focus its observance of SAAPM, encouraging not only awareness of the problem but active intervention to solve it. “[T]hat’s not just a slogan, it’s one of your missions,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement. The Pentagon also noted its commitment to fighting sexual assault: “By sustaining the right command climate, ensuring leadership support, and empowering service members to safely intervene, we can create the environment to stop sexual assault as well as retaliation against victims who report it.”