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* In "The Quandary of Scheduling Vacation Time for Nurses," oncology nurse navigator Julianna Paradisi discusses the complexity of issues involved in nurses earning and taking time off (


* "Away from the confines of the hospital and the doting attention of his family, [our patient] had time to process the implications of a brain mass. He pondered aloud the best- and worst-case scenarios and all of the 'what ifs' in between," writes chief flight nurse Marcy Phipps in her post "Dark Water, Wild Winds: Notes of a Flight Nurse" (


* In her post "Daniel," gerontological clinical nurse specialist Jennifer L. Promes recalls a powerful moment she experienced while caring for a patient with dementia (



"Why not allow nurses to choose their uniforms? The color of my uniform has nothing to do with my ability to care for my patients." "Any time I am taking care of someone I have not taken care of before I always enter the room, smile, introduce myself, and tell them who I am and what I will be doing. It's common courtesy to me." "The term 'midlevel practitioner' exists to establish hierarchy. It also implies that there is a lower level of care to be provided."




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


* Behind the article: Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with


* Denise M. Eckerlin, lead author of "Military Sexual Trauma in Male Service Members."


* Debra L. Campo, author of "Recognizing Myocardial Infarction in Women: A Case Study."