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Letters to the Editor

A wrenching decision As a nursing student, I’ve been present on several occasions when a patient has coded. So your article “Family presence during resuscitation: Who decides?” (September/October…

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…

Letters to the Editor – August 2008

Nursing pins, nursing pride   I read the letter “Nursing school pin: Not for sale at any price” in your June issue with great interest. Like Theresa Stephany, I…
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Letters to the Editor – December 2008

A glimmer of hope after breast cancer I want to thank Mary K. Hughes for her article “Sex after breast cancer: Helping your patient cope” (October). I was…
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Letters to the Editor – February 2007

Talkin’ ’bout my generation I’m impressed with your journal. I’ve enjoyed reading many of the articles—for example, the one about helping nurses of different generations work together effectively…

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…
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Letters to the Editor – January 2007

Casualties of war My mother read “Nursing Care on the Battlefield” in the November issue with great interest. As an Army Nurse in World War II, she knows…

Letters to the Editor – January 2009

Why not a bachelor’s degree in 10? I agree that advanced education for RNs should be mandated, as described in “BSN in Ten” in the November issue. I…

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…

Letters to the Editor – July 2008

Sacred cows and road runners American Nurse Today is one of the few publications I look forward to receiving, and I read it from cover to cover. It…

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…

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…

Letters to the Editor – March 2009

Avoiding the dangers of I.V. phenytoin  As an infusion nurse specialist, I’d like to add some information to and clarify some points in “Phenytoin: Keep patients in the…

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…

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,…

Letters to the Editor – May 2009

Speaking of psychic experiences Beth Wechsler’s article “A word about patients’ psychic experiences: Listen” in the March issue deserves to be widely read and discussed. The extrasensory experiences…
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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…

Letters to the Editor – November 2008

Easy and inexpensive   Thank you for Susan Fetzer’s excellent article, “Putting a stop to postop nausea and vomiting,” in the August  issue. One treatment that wasn’t mentioned is…

Letters to the Editor – October 2008

Novice nurses: Leading the way against nurse abuse  In the informative and timely article “No more nurse abuse” (July), John Murray points out that novice nurses are more…

Our readers repond

  October 5, 2015 In response to: Understanding the Charge Nurse’s Role in Staffing (September, 2015) Dear Editor: The American Nurses Association (ANA) beautifully outlined principles of how…

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Of artichokes and angry patients I agree with the premise of Rossiter and Lazoritz’s article, “Of Artichokes and Angry Patients” that nurses are often the recipients of displaced…
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The truth about high-energy drinks Re “High-energy drinks: What you don’t know could hurt you” (August article available here): I am very impressed with the information…presented. I always…
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Concurring on “quantum” nursing I was delighted with Leah Curtin’s eloquent description of the beliefs I’ve embraced in my nursing career (“Quan­tum nursing,” September 2010). I have “preached”…

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Mindfulness practice Thank you, Dr. Cipriano, for your editorial on mindfulness practice to assist in the grief process (“Breath at the belly,” July 2010). A long-time Buddhist, I…

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Overcoming the fear of floating “Tips for floaters” (March 2010) accurately described the floater’s dilemma. By showing both sides of the coin—the floater’s and the staff nurses’ on…

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Nursing academics vs. practicing nurses? My blood boiled when I read ANA President Patton’s column “Is diagnosis of pressure ulcers within an RN’s scope of practice?”(January 2010). It…

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More about moral pitfalls “Conscience, legalism, and the clash of rights” provided an excellent discussion of some of the ethical and moral pitfalls facing nurses and others in…

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Problems with privacy The policies developed around privacy, at least in LTC [long-term care], are rigid, and often inappropriate given the age and often confusion (especially with infections)…

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How do we get into morally questionable situations? I love this article. As a current student in the nursing program, I find it incredibly important to watch my…

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Family initiated rapid response team After reading the article “Family initiated rapid response team (FIRR)” by Ehrig S., Hepburn, J., Riley, P., and Smolen, A., in the American…

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No drugs down the drain In approximately 2008 I wrote my final paper in BSN community health on this environmental issue. I am delighted to see that this…

Our Readers Respond – Human trafficking

The article “Human trafficking: Preparing for a unique patient population” by Cheryl Green in the January 2016 issue of the American Nurse Today was very well done; excellent…
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Reader Feedback, December 2018

THIS IS WHERE we share some of the comments, insights, and thoughts we receive from readers. Contact us at myamericannurse.com/send-letter-editor. Nurse suicide I would like to thank Leah…
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Reader Feedback, January 2019

THIS IS WHERE we share some of the comments, insights, and thoughts we receive from readers. Contact us at myamericannurse.com/send-letter-editor. (more…)
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Reader feedback, November 2018

This is where we share some of the comments, insights, and thoughts we receive from readers. Contact us at myamericannurse.com/send-letter-editor. Nurse suicide I am writing to express my…

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Correction The January 2013 article “Helping patients survive sepsis” mistakenly listed “respiratory rate slower than 20 breaths/minute” as one of the diagnostic criteria for systemic inflammatory response syndrome…
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Consider a career in clinical research Thank you so much for the Ness, et al. article “Consider a career in clinical research” in the November 2012 issue of…

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Is it syncope—or something worse? “A nice article on vasovagal syncope. Unfortunately the author omitted an important trigger—food sensitivities. I know very well because I have this problem…

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Tripping over the welcome mat “Tripping over the welcome mat: Why new nurses don’t stay and what the evidence says we can do about it” provoked a lively…
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