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* In her post "What the Patient Knew: Communication and Patient Safety," pediatric intensive care nurse Hui-Wen (Alina) Sato describes a time when her patient knew something was wrong before clinical signs pointed to the problem-and what she learned from the experience (


* "I know that he will be dead so soon, perhaps in a day. But[horizontal ellipsis] [w]e have not come this far with this man to witness his death on a tarmac," writes chief flight nurse Marcy Phipps in her post "Not Until Cairo: A Flight Nursing Tale" (


* In her post "Critical Mass at the Critical Care Nursing Conference," AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy reports from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' recent National Teaching Institute, and shares an audio interview with the organization's president and president-elect (



"It should be a matter of common sense that cell phones should not be used for personal activity while on duty." "It's been many years since I participated in a code, and sometimes in the unfortunate failure of that code. I still carry the memory of the feeling of defeat as I walked away from the patient and spoke to the family with other team members." "I can't imagine the fear and confusion these parents and children experience, on both sides of the border. As nurses we care for all people with dignity, compassion, and empathy, and we advocate for the silenced and vulnerable. Now, with this situation, we're needed more than ever."




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


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


* Michael J. Deem, author of "Nurses' Voices Matter in Decisions About Dismissing Vaccine-Refusing Families."


* Jessica Castner, lead author of "Nursing Practice and Particulate Matter Exposure."


* Ellen Elpern and Joanne M. Disch, authors of "Retired Nurse Volunteers."