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.

Technology outperforms humans

Technology continues to be debated. Do we rely on it too much? Do we not embrace it enough? But sometimes, there’s no debating the benefits. And that may be the case with a study...

Nurses Week for a Month

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Not long ago, I shared the story of the nurse who caught me before I fell when I found out my mother died. I tell that story...

CDC reports increased tick- and mosquito-borne infections

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. cases of diseases transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas have tripled since 2004. And at least nine have been newly...

Violence against healthcare workers: The Joint Commission issues Sentinel Event Alert

I’ve been editing an article about patient violence. One of the things that jumped out at me about it is that many nurses see the violence directed at them as “part of my job.”...

Run nurse, run!

Some pretty impressive (and relatively unknown) women finished in the top 6 at the Boston Marathon this year. And two of them are nurses! Sarah Callister Sellers, who finished in second place, is a nurse...

Coming back to wellness

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Our ongoing series on nurse wellness has coincided with my own journey of wellness. For a year I’ve been meditating every morning for about 20 minutes (okay,...

Oral rehydration: A solution to the I.V. fluid shortage?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today To address the I.V. fluid shortage that’s been affecting U.S. hospitals since 2014—and was worsened after Hurricane Maria hit in Puerto Rico in 2017—some hospitals are developing...

Webinar: Opioid stewardship

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today A friend of mine is a PhD psychologist who's been studying the opioid epidemic for years...long before it was being called an epidemic. She started her work...

Welcome to nursing!

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor of American Nurse Today The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) just released a free booklet—NCSBN Welcomes You to the Nursing Profession—for newly licensed nurses. The goal of...

Two sides to the opioid crisis

Anne Fuqua, a former nurse, recently shared her opioid crisis story in the Washington Post. But it’s not the story you might be expecting to hear. Anne isn’t suffering from addiction. Instead, she suffers...

Autism spectrum disorder: Questions answered

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today I recently spoke with Donna Swanson, MSN, CS, APRN, executive director and co-founder of the FOCUS Center for Autism in Canton, CT. Donna, who has over 30...

Hospital-level care at home…Is that a thing?

Last week I shared an article about the decreasing number of hospitals in the United States and wondered about what that would mean for healthcare. Where will care take place if not in the...

Caring for patients with special needs—Share your stories

This month, I’m going to be paying attention to nursing and patients with special needs, with an emphasis on developmental and intellectual disorders. I’ve found some articles I’d like to share with all of...