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"It was amazing and disheartening to listen to them-amazing in terms of the lengths they went to make sure they were doing the right things, and disheartening because they were mostly on their own, with little support from the health care system," writes AJN's editor-in-chief, Maureen Shawn Kennedy, in her blog post "Amazing and Disheartening: How We Continue to Fail Family Caregivers," in which she speaks of her experience listening to a group of caregivers talk about what it's like to care for sick parents and relatives at home. Bookmark or subscribe to our blog Off the Charts ( to read daily updates and share your thoughts on what you see in your nursing world.



"I feel strongly that computers have taken away a very valuable part of nursing." "There has to be a place for smart, clinically savvy nurses who struggle with . . . changes in technology." "As soon as we get more money or benefits, the business replaces us with unskilled workers." "A hospital's expectation of a nurse is to take as many patients as you can with little or no support and manage the best you can to do the impossible."


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