Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor – May 2008

Dimensions of pain distraction I read with applause "Assessing the seven dimensions of pain" in the February issue. I work in a large teaching institution in the Midwest, where we have the luxury of an...

Letters to the Editor – April 2008

Letters to the Editor - April 2008

Letters to the Editor – March 2008

A glimpse into what matters I wanted to give you an update on Mark, the young man in my article, “The freeing force of laughter” in the August issue. His mother called to tell me...

Letters to the Editor – February 2008

Lack of evidence-based care for spinal cord injuries In your September article “Cervical spine injuries: Preserving function, improving outcomes,” the author describes as “aggressive care” the administration of high-dose corticosteroid therapy within 8 hours of...
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Letters to the Editor – November 2007

A timely expression of support “Being with dying” in the September issue was timely for my staff and me. I am an RN Unit manager for a 46-bed dementia unit in a 166-bed long-term care...

Letters to the Editor – September 2007

I am a professional I am appalled by the letter to the editor in the July issue regarding educational requirements for nurses. The fact that I graduated from an associate degree program does not make...

Letters to the Editor – August 2007

Readers weigh in on the image of nursing I applaud Shelley Cohen for her article “The image of nursing” in the May issue. I’ve been a nurse for more than 50 years, and some of...

Letters to the Editor – July 2007

Oversight not needed As a recent graduate of a nurse practitioner (NP) program, I appreciated your article “Retail-based clinics: New option for nurses” in the March issue. You provided a good overview of the scope...

Letters to the Editor – June 2007

Float or be fired? The February article “Protecting yourself from malpractice claims” states, “Don't accept assignments if you're not sure you're competent to perform them.” How does a nurse refuse assignments without getting fired? At...

Letters to the Editor – May 2007

Show us the money I agree wholeheartedly with the idea of employing nurses in or near retirement to increase the size of the professional workforce, as suggested in “Using our gold mine to compensate for...

Letters to the Editor – April 2007

Provocative cover art? Although I’m impressed with the overall quality of your publication, the cover of your February issue (“Heart disease: A woman’s worst enemy”) surprised me. Was a topless woman the best image you...

Letters to the Editor – March 2007

Personal experience with “Last breath” I found the article “Last breath: The ethics of pharmacologic paralysis” in the January issue to be very interesting. I used to think it would be scary to die from...