AJN’s May issue is now available on our Web site. And in honor of Nurses Week, we are offering free access to the entire issue for the whole week (May 6-12). Here’s a selection of what not to miss.
Intimate partner violence. A major health care issue, intimate partner violence (IPV) affects almost 6% of U.S. women annually. And while prevalence rates of IPV are similar in rural and nonrural areas, rural survivors face distinct barriers in accessing care. “Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Areas: What Every Nurse Should Know” describes the unique aspects of IPV in rural populations and provides nurses with tools and information crucial to effective intervention. This CE feature offers 2.5 CE credits to those who take the test that follows the article. And don’t miss a podcast interview with one of the authors (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).
Containing cholera. While still recovering from a magnitude-7 earthquake, Haiti confronted a second disaster: a rapidly growing cholera epidemic. The authors of “Responding to the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti,” part of a nongovernmental relief organization team sent to Haiti, describe how they managed more than 23,000 cases of cholera and prevented many more. Listen to a podcast interview with one of the authors and earn 2.5 CE credits by taking 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 provided an overview of the first steps to take when conducting such a review. Now, the third installment of the series, “Constructing a Search Strategy and Searching for Evidence,” details how to develop a comprehensive search strategy.
Unwanted noise. Despite an increased emphasis on the need for noise reduction in intensive care, studies have found that noise levels in the ICU continue to exceed recommendations. “Noise in the ICU,” an article in our Critical Analysis, Critical Care column, provides evidence-based strategies nurses can implement to protect patients from noise.
New series—Teaching for Practice. The first in a new series on the roles of adjunct clinical faculty and preceptors, “Delineating the Role of the Part-Time Clinical Nurse Instructor,” discusses the benefits and drawbacks of the part-time clinical nurse instructor position—and why it’s vital to nursing education.
Other informative reads include an AJN Reports on strategies for addressing the heroin epidemic and the many deaths resulting from overdoses and a Legal Clinic article on a case in which a nurse’s improper delegation of a monitoring task led to a patient’s death and litigation seeking to hold the nurse responsible. To see the full table of contents and see what else AJN has to offer this month, visit our Web site.