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* "Lots of things about nursing are difficult. For the novice and experienced alike, walking into a patient's room after they've received news they or their loved one will not recover is towards the top of the list," writes oncology nurse navigator Julianna Paradisi in "'Cold Calls': Tips for Nurses When the Patient Just Got the Bad News" (


* In "Parallel Developments: Women's Rights and the Professional Identity of Nurses," AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy shares an excerpt from a 1909 letter to the editor connecting the suffrage movement to the nursing profession (


* AJN managing editor Amy M. Collins reflects on how a labor nurse coached her through a difficult moment in her post "Just Breathe: A Nurse's Tough Love Proves Crucial During One Mother's Labor" (



"How do you fulfill the wishes of the patient while supporting the family dynamic?" "Our responsibility is not only to the patient in front of us on a given shift. Our patients expose us to the sufferings of our society, and we must address these disparities beyond a 12-hour day." "Advocating for your patients is not an easy thing. You're often up against an administration that's thinking only of the bottom line, a family, or a physician providing inadequate care."




* Monthly highlights: Listen to AJN editors discuss the contents of the May issue.


* Behind the article: Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Jeanne Geiger-Brown, lead author of "Napping on the Night Shift: A Two-Hospital Implementation Project."