Off the Charts


Perspectives on nursing from a non-nurse

Hi, I’m Julie Cullen, managing editor of American Nurse Today and curator of online content for our website. I’m most definitely not a nurse, but I admire what all of you do everyday. To show my appreciation, I’ve created the Off the Charts blog to share some of my experiences as a patient and family member of patients, thoughts and ideas that occur to me during my work editing nursing content, and information I think you might be interested in. I welcome your feedback, especially if you discover that I’ve gotten something wrong in my descriptions of the work you do. You can submit a comment on the website or email me at jcullen@healthcommedia.com.

Nurses speak up about climate change

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The past few days have seen a lot of news coverage of the climate strike by young people around the world and the short (but forceful) United...

Opioid use disorder: Why are nurses denied proven treatment?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Earlier this year, American Nurse Today ran a two-part series called “When a BON disciplinary process is based on substance use disorder.” (Read part one and part...

Was a dentist appointed to lead nursing researchers?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The more I work with nurses, the more sensitive I become to the everyday slights they face. From how they’re depicted in the media (during a recent...

Nurses and aid in dying

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Nurses can be incredibly helpful at the end of life. Helpful to patients, friends, and families. They comfort and explain and provide respite. But what is their...

Vaping: 450 illnesses, 3 deaths

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today E-cigarettes and vapes were supposed to a safer alternative for smokers. Rather than inhaling the toxic byproducts of traditional tobacco cigarettes, smokers breath the aerosolized vapor of...

Psychiatrist shortage: Nurses to the rescue

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The good news: More people are seeking help for mental health issues. The combination of reduced stigma and expanded insurance coverage means that more people are opening...

Asthma treatment: Steroid vs. placebo

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that patients with mild asthma (12 years and older) received the same benefit from a placebo as they did a steroid inhaler. The...

Processing trauma: 5 suggestions

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today How can nurses and other healthcare professionals support their patients in the aftermath of a national tragedy? An individual might not be directly involved in a natural...

Colorectal cancers on the rise…in young adults

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Research coming out of the United States and Canada is showing an increase in colorectal cancers among men and women under 50 years old. Rates of these...

Nursing shortage: 3 ways to prepare

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today As the nursing shortage looms, healthcare organizations and leaders must take steps to address it now. These three strategies can help ensure nurse retention and quality patient...

Help prevent nurse suicide…bring it out of the shadows

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Depression is a treatable illness. If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Over a short period of time,...

California doctors oppose expanding NP authority amid provider shortages

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today California is known as a progressive state open to innovation, but that doesn’t seem to be true when it comes to nurse practitioner (NP) independent practice. While...

Can nurses help fix US healthcare?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Reshaping healthcare in the United States requires an understanding and focus on the social determinants of health, disease and injury prevention, and a culture of wellness, according to...