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* "I drive home and can't unsee what has happened today. I pray, I am confused, I am proud, I am sad, I am overwhelmed," writes ED nurse Tarra Midgette in her post "A Day in the Emergency Room for a Nurse Who Loves Her Job" (


* In her post "In Nursing, Some Things Never Change: Shift Report, 1985," AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy shares an old shift report sent to her by a colleague, who had kept a copy for decades, deeming it "so horrible that it's poignant" (


* In "The 2018 ANA Membership Assembly: Making True Dialogue a Reality," Katheren Koehn, executive director of the Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses and a longtime American Nurses Association (ANA) member, discusses how the ANA is taking a more inclusive approach to its deliberations process about critical nursing issues (



"I retired last April and now I'm bored. I have my RN in California and Arizona so I added a Hawaii RN and put my . . . home up for sale. Now I am going to find a job I want no matter the rate of pay." "I forget how the ED, unlike any other department, can emotionally drain me in 12 hours. Your coworkers are blessed to work with a nurse who has so much empathy [and] love for her fellow employee and her community." "Here's hoping that those of us with more hard-learned . . . perspectives from the trenches pass along [to newer nurses] not only clinical wisdom, but attitudes regarding pay, working hours and conditions, patient-nurse ratios, clinical supports, and unionization as major factors in the quality of patient care." "Stories like these are so important to the profession as they provide a picture of the struggles we had to get to where we are today."




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


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


* Edie Brous, author of “Workplace Violence.”


* Robin G. Brown, lead author of “Workplace Violence Training Using Simulation.”