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* In her post "Memories of Beginning Nursing School," AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy reflects on late nights studying and enduring friendships made as a nursing student (


* "How is it possible to be sure what someone would want, or not want, when their end-of-life wishes have not been clearly spelled out ahead of time?" writes AJN senior editor and social media strategist Jacob Molyneux in his post "A Health Care Proxy and an Act of Moral Imagination" (


* In her post "Morphine in Hospice Care: Why Family Members May Resist Its Use," AJN clinical editor Betsy Todd notes that concerns about giving the drug to a loved one aren't always attributable to misconceptions about it (



"I went to nursing school at age 42. Totally changed the way I view so many things in this world." "Let us not forget that giving injections and starting IVs were once considered surgical practices and thus reserved for physicians . . . that measuring blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer was considered too complicated for a nurse to perform or even understand, and nurse practice acts never allowed a nurse to practice autonomously. Times change." "While working in an independent living facility with older adults, I learned to be compassionate and have a greater sense of empathy than I already had."




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


* Behind the article: Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Susan C. Reinhard and Heather M. Young, authors of "Family Caregivers Are Members of Our Team."


* Our popular Reflections column is now a podcast! Listen to a reading of Hui-Wen (Alina) Sato's personal essay, "Beholding the Returning Light."