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* "They march into my heart like little soldiers. There are lads and lassies, rich and poor, sporting bling and brawn. Sometimes they leave the bus and walk into my office as soon as they get in the front door," writes former school nurse Frances Hansen in "The School Nurse" (


* In her post "Wabi-Sabi: Nursing and the Art of Brokenness," oncology nurse navigator Julianna Paradisi addresses coping with-and, sometimes, accepting-"imperfections" in nursing and health care (


* In "Black Nurses, Then and Now," AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy highlights the early history of black nurses in the United States, and shares information on the demographics of the current and future RN workforce (



"It shouldn't be surprising that so many new nurses aren't sticking at the bedside long when a higher degree will take them away from the unrealistic demands put upon the bedside nurse." "Every state should have laws supporting assisted suicide. We each deserve to end our life and leave the world the way we want, hopefully peacefully and painlessly." "I'm a millennial nurse educator and I would like to figure out more ways to help the nursing faculty shortage. We have to work on both bedside nursing and educational leadership roles at the same time, as many faculty head toward retirement."




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


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


* Cheryl Holly, lead author of "Recognizing Delirium in Hospitalized Children: A Systematic Review of the Evidence on Risk Factors and Characteristics."


* Barbara J. Polivka, author of "The Great London Smog of 1952."