AJN’s July Issue: Diabetes and Puberty, Getting Patient Input, Quality Measures, Professional Boundaries, More

AJN0714.Cover.OnlineAJN’s July issue is now available on our Web site. Here’s a selection of what not to miss.

Diabetes and puberty. On our cover this month, 17-year-old Trenton Jantzi tests his blood sugar before football practice. Trenton has type 1 diabetes and is one of a growing number of children and adolescents in the United States who have  been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The physical and psychological changes of puberty can add to the challenges of diabetes management. Nurses are well positioned to help patients and their families understand and meet these challenges.

To learn more more about the physical and behavioral changes experienced by adolescents with diabetes, see this month’s CE feature, “Diabetes and Puberty: A Glycemic Challenge,” and earn 2.6 CE credits by taking the test that follows the article. And don’t miss a podcast interview with the author, one of her adolescent patients, and the patient’s mother (this and other podcasts are accessible via the Behind the Article page on our Web site or, if you’re in our iPad app, by tapping the icon on the first page of the article).

Patient representatives. Health care teams may benefit by engaging patients as partners in quality improvement projects such as Transforming Care at the Bedside. This month’s original research article, “The Perceptions of Health Care Team Members About Engaging Patients in Care Redesign,” found that providers benefited from engaging patients in the decision making process because patients brought a new point of view. This CE feature offers 2.6 CE credits to those who take the test that follows the article.

New installment on systematic reviews. Last month, our new series from the Joanna Briggs Institute on writing a systematic review detailed crucial steps in the process of conducting a systematic review. Now, the fifth installment of the series, “Data Extraction and Synthesis” (abstract only; log-in required), details the extraction and synthesis stages of conducting a systematic review, with a special focus on performing a meta-analysis of quantitative data.

New Column! AJN‘s new column, Quality Counts, is designed to provide a nursing perspective on quality-of-care issues. The first article in the column focuses on three key pay-for-performance programs.

Other informative reads include a Legal Clinic on maintaining professional boundaries (log-in or purchase required) and a Safety Monitor article on infection-prevention practices in ambulatory surgery centers (log-in or purchase required). To see the full table of contents and see what else AJN has to offer this month, visit our Web site.

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