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* In "The Top 10 AJN Blog Posts of 2017," we highlight our most-read posts of the past year (


* "I think about the new grad nurses I have precepted and how they enter a patient room in an end-of-life situation with a trepidation that may never fully dissipate, no matter how many times as nurses they find themselves in that situation," writes pediatric intensive care nurse Hui-Wen (Alina) Sato in her post "Integrating Strong Emotions as a Developing Nurse" (


* In her post "A Nurse, a Purple Heart Medal, and the Pearl Harbor Attack," AJN senior editor Corinne McSpedon writes about an army nurse who became the first U.S. servicewoman to receive the Purple Heart, and shares links to AJN articles and blog posts about nurse veterans and caring for military veterans (



"All the science in the world will not sway a person with strong beliefs." "I always find some curious comfort in hearing other even more experienced nurses than me on my unit tell me that they still feel nervous, and/or that they still wrestle with grief over our patients even after 15-20+ years. It gives me hope that we are not all destined to become hardened in the heart out of self-preservation." "Sometimes when I send patients home I'm so worried about how they will manage their care. Especially when they're on a ton of new medicines and I know they will not be able to afford them."




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


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


* Mary Beth Flynn Makic, coauthor of "Managing Sepsis and Septic Shock: Current Guidelines and Definitions."


* Tina Gerardi, lead author of "Moving Closer to the 2020 BSN-Prepared Workforce Goal."