AJN’s November Issue: Voices of New RNs, Intraosseous Vascular Access, Measuring Dyspnea, Coccidiodomycosis, More

AJN1113 Cover OnlineAJN’s November issue is now available on our Web site. Here’s a selection of what not to miss.

New RNs. Hospitals invest in orientation or residency programs for newly licensed nurses, but turnover rates for first-year nurses remain relatively high. This month’s original research article, “Hearing the Voices of Newly Licensed RNs: The Transition to Practice,” looks at the orientation experience of new nurses in order to explore how institutions can best transition new nurses from an academic to a clinical setting. If you’re reading AJN on your iPad, you can listen to a podcast interview with the author by clicking on the podcast icon on the first page of the article. The podcast is also available on our Web site.

Starting an IV. Nurses are often faced with the challenge of starting an IV line in a patient who is dehydrated, has suffered trauma, or is in shock. This month’s Emergency CE feature, “Intraosseous Vascular Access for Alert Patients,” describes how nurses can use this fast, safe, and effective route for delivering fluids and medications when IV access fails. Earn 2.1 CE credits by reading this article and taking the test that follows. Don’t miss the video demonstration of the placement of an intraosseous  (IO) needle in the proximal tibia using an IO access power driver (click on the video icon on the first […]

Kudos to Indy for Tightening Human Trafficking Laws Before the Super Bowl

According to Stateline.org (a news site of the nonprofit Pew Center on the States), with the Super Bowl taking place this Sunday in Indianapolis, the state of Indiana has decided to toughen up its human trafficking laws.

“Though it is an honor for Indiana to host the Super Bowl, many sincere voices have brought to light the fact that human trafficking is a shameful practice we can’t ignore,” Indiana attorney general Greg Zoeller said in a statement.

The article notes that sex trafficking during highly publicized events has become an issue for many states with hosting duties. While the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, an international advocacy group, claims that the estimates of trafficking cases at previous Super Bowls may have been too high, whether there are 60,000 or six in a given year, any number over zero is too many.

For more info, see our award-winning article on the nurse’s role in combating human trafficking, by Donna Sabella. She also talks about her work in a podcast.—by Demaris Bailey
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Saving ‘Mimi’: How Nurses Can Combat Human Trafficking in the USA

By Sylvia Foley, AJN senior editor

Picture this: “Mimi,” an 18-year-old Brazilian girl who speaks little English, arrives in your ED with injuries sustained in a beating. She’s accompanied by an older man who refuses to leave her side and who intercepts and answers questions directed at Mimi. The ED physicians and nurses treat Mimi’s injuries and release her back to this man’s care. Maybe you feel uneasy, but what can you do? Maybe the man really is her uncle; maybe he’s just being overprotective.

In fact, Mimi is a victim of human trafficking, and the man who brought her to the hospital is both her pimp and her trafficker. And you and your colleagues just missed a chance to intervene on her behalf. Unfortunately, you’re not alone. In “The Role of the Nurse in Combating Human Trafficking,” a February CE feature, author Donna Sabella notes that clinicians who encounter victims of human trafficking often don’t realize it, and many such chances to intervene are lost. Sabella, a nursing professor active in helping such victims, hopes to change this. […]

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