AJN’s February issue is now available on our Web site. Here’s a selection of what not to miss.
Last month, we published findings from a quantitative study exploring antiparkinson medication–withholding times during hospitalization and symptom management. This month you can catch part two of this series, which reports on findings from a qualitative study on the perioperative hospitalization experiences of patients with Parkinson’s disease. Participants’ comments in this study made it clear that the actions of nurses could affect the perioperative experience for better or worse. The article is open access and can earn you 2.1 continuing education (CE) credits.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Our CE feature “COPD Exacerbations” outlines current guidelines and evidence-based recommendations for identifying, assessing, and managing COPD exacerbations. The article is open access and can earn you 2.6 CE credits.
This month we introduce our new series, Perspectives on Leadership, which is coordinated by the American Organization of Nurse Executives. This first article, “Partnering for Change,” describes how one hospital’s nurse leaders and staff worked together to change the way nurses conduct shift report.
Each year in the U.S., more than 4,500 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly. February’s In Our Community article, “Babies Are Still Dying of SIDS,” describes how a nurse’s advocacy and activism resulted in safe-sleep legislation. A podcast with the authors of the article is also available.
Want to learn how hospitals, clinics, and the public health system responded to the recent fungal meningitis outbreak? Read this month’s Emerging Infections article for more.
There is plenty more in this issue, including a report on the recovery of health care facilities following Hurricane Sandy, so stop by and have a look. Feel free to tell us what you think on Facebook, or here on our blog.