Top 10 (New) AJN Posts of 2011

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Some of our posts, like this one from 2009 (“New Nurses Face Reality Shock in Hospitals–So What Else Is New?”) keep getting found and read. They remain as relevant today as they were when we posted them. Our top 20 posts for the year (according to reader hits, that is) include several others like this: “What Is Meaningful Use? One Savvy Nurse’s Take”; “Is the Florence Nightingale Pledge in Need of a Makeover?”; “Do Male Nurses Face Reverse Sexism?”; “Are Nursing Strikes Ethical? New Research Raises the Stakes”; and “Workplace Violence Against Nurses: Neither Inevitable or Acceptable.”

But putting aside these contenders (why do so many of them have questions in their titles?), here are the top 10 (again, according to our readers) new posts of 2011, in case you missed them along the way. Which doesn’t mean that these are (necessarily) our best posts, or a representative sample, or that many others didn’t hit home for various subgroups of readers.

While we all get a little tired of lists by this time in the year, we don’t really use them an awful lot here at Off the Charts. So please indulge us this once, and thanks to everyone who wrote, read, and commented on this blog in 2011.—Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor/blog editor

1. “Notes of a Student Nurse: A Dose of Reality,” by Jennifer-Clare Williams

2. “Placenta Facebook Photos: Nurse and Mommy Tribes See Expulsion Differently,” by AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy

3. “Dispatches from the Alabama Tornado Zone,” a series of posts by Susan Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

4. “Confused About the Charge Nurse Role? You’re Not Alone,” by Jacob Molyneux

5. “The Priceless Clarity of Inexperience,” by Marcy Phipps, an ICU nurse and regular contributor to this blog

6. “Don’t Cling to Tradition: A Nursing Student’s Call for Realism, Respect,” by Medora McGinnis

7. “Bullying Wars: Theresa Brown vs. ‘the entire profession,'” by Shawn Kennedy

8. “Remembering 9/11: Nurses Were There,” Shawn Kennedy

9. “Killing Traditional Nursing Duties #2,” Shawn Kennedy

10. This one’s a tie: “Nurses, Hospitals, and Social Media: It Depends What Business You’re In,” by Julianna Paradisi, artist/nurse/blogger, and “One Take on the Top 10 Issues Facing Nursing,” by Shawn Kennedy

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Senior editor/social media strategy, American Journal of Nursing, and editor of AJN Off the Charts.


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  4. MedoraRN (@MedoraRN) December 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Amazing list! So proud to be a part of it. Many blessings in the coming year.

  5. Jessica Ellis December 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Excellent list…plan to read quite a few, if not all of them!

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