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.

Looking back: Nurses who stepped up to care for patients with AIDS when others...

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The 1980s AIDS crisis brought out the best and worst in some people. The worst, in many cases, was triggered by fear. The best came from the...

Nurse media representation: Speak up so nurses’ voices are heard

In a recent study of nursing in the media (The Woodhull Study Revisited: Nurses’ Representation in Health News Media 20 Years Later), only 2% of the quotes in 2017 health news stories were from...

Are nurses and doctors being exploited?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Nurses and doctors almost always do the right thing when they’re asked to go above and beyond, even when it means foregoing personal time with their families...

Guinness changes its mind when nurses speak up

By Julie Cullen, managing editor, American Nurse Today Sometimes it’s the little things that get under the skin and require a response. Nurses soldier through a lot of big stuff…long hours of physically, mentally, and...

Fentanyl-linked deaths: U.S. opioid epidemic enters third wave

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported a steep increase in the number of young adults (age 25 to 34 years) whose death certificates mention the drug fentanyl. The CDC is...

Recognizing nurses’ role in antibiotic stewardship

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today I recently spoke with Elizabeth Monsees, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, antimicrobial stewardship program manager at Children’s Mercy Kansas City and first author of the article “Integrating staff...

Lavender: Take a deep breath and relax

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today I wasn't at all surprised to read about a study in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience about the effects of lavender. We've covered this topic in...

Do patient satisfaction ratings influence antibiotic prescribing?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Is it possible that providers might prescribe antibiotics (even when they’re not necessary and won’t affect outcomes) simply because patients give them higher ratings when they do?...

The beauty (of kidney stones) is in the eye of the beholder

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today So, I really just thought this was pretty cool...on a couple of levels. Recent research published in Scientific Reports has discovered that kidney stones (which put a...

Sepsis study debate: Are participants being put at risk?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today A sepsis treatment study (called Clovers) that's being conducted by the National Institutes of Health is being criticized by some within the NIH. And the headlines sound...

Does folic acid really prevent pre-eclampsia?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The answer to that question, it turns out, is no. A recent randomized trial found that high-dose folic acid does not prevent pre-eclampsia. The study, published in...

Teen vaping: Is it an epidemic?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today I read an article in the New York Times the other day that says that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared teen use of...

45% increase in serious hospital birth complications

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announced this week that women experiencing serious complications while giving birth in U.S. hospitals increased by 45% between 2006 and 2015. According to the report, among other...