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* In her post "Nurses Concerned About Removal of Key Children's Health Advocate at EPA," Katie Huffling, executive director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, discusses the crucial role of the Office of Children's Health Protection-and its uncertain future (


* "It is worth considering how we may[horizontal ellipsis] at times subconsciously place an expectation on ourselves and our nursing culture to be immune to the reality of grief and closed off to our own healthy expression of it," writes pediatric intensive care nurse Hui-Wen (Alina) Sato in her post "Reexamining Resilience" (


* In "Why Do Journalists Ignore Nurses?" AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy discusses the issue of nurses rarely being used as sources in health care news coverage (



"We have been silent for so long about the prevalence of health care workplace violence that most people don't realize how much [it] happens." "You just never know when the stars will align and you'll hear, see, or do something that will determine the rest of your career. I had a moment like that on my very first clinical day, the day a gifted teacher taught me to think like a nurse and I knew I could do it." "Nurses need to be ready to speak up about the value of nursing. Have your elevator speech ready."




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


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


* Ruth Ludwick and Kristin R. Baughman, coauthors of "Advance Care Planning: An Exploration of the Beliefs, Self-Efficacy, Education, and Practices of RNs and LPNs."


* Blima Marcus, author of "Get on Board with Being on a Board."