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Perspectives on nursing from a non-nurse

Hi, I’m Julie Cullen, managing editor of American Nurse Today and curator of online content for our website. I’m most definitely not a nurse, but I admire what all of you do everyday. To show my appreciation, I’ve created the Off the Charts blog to share some of my experiences as a patient and family member of patients, thoughts and ideas that occur to me during my work editing nursing content, and information I think you might be interested in. I welcome your feedback, especially if you discover that I’ve gotten something wrong in my descriptions of the work you do. You can submit a comment on the website or email me at jcullen@healthcommedia.com.

STI cases reach record high

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The United States is experiencing an alarming rise in cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This is what’s being reported by the Centers for Disease Control and...

Male breast cancer: Putting a spotlight on a rare condition

Efforts to fight breast cancer have been ongoing for years, and for good reason: It’s the leading second cause of cancer death in women. Men, however, frequently are overlooked when it comes to discussions...

Vaping injury update: 8 points of interest

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The New York Times has put together a useful cheat sheet of sorts to track the illnesses and deaths related to vaping (as well as what's being...

6 tips for calm in chaos

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today A recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution touched on something that I’ve thought about before: How do nurses maintain their calm during what has seemed to me...

Music and the power to heal

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The other day I read an article in The New York Times about music therapy. The article included the story of a nurse who had been diagnosed...

Nurses speak up about climate change

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The past few days have seen a lot of news coverage of the climate strike by young people around the world and the short (but forceful) United...

Opioid use disorder: Why are nurses denied proven treatment?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Earlier this year, American Nurse Today ran a two-part series called “When a BON disciplinary process is based on substance use disorder.” (Read part one and part...

Was a dentist appointed to lead nursing researchers?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The more I work with nurses, the more sensitive I become to the everyday slights they face. From how they’re depicted in the media (during a recent...

Nurses and aid in dying

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Nurses can be incredibly helpful at the end of life. Helpful to patients, friends, and families. They comfort and explain and provide respite. But what is their...

Vaping: 450 illnesses, 3 deaths

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today E-cigarettes and vapes were supposed to a safer alternative for smokers. Rather than inhaling the toxic byproducts of traditional tobacco cigarettes, smokers breath the aerosolized vapor of...

Psychiatrist shortage: Nurses to the rescue

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The good news: More people are seeking help for mental health issues. The combination of reduced stigma and expanded insurance coverage means that more people are opening...

Asthma treatment: Steroid vs. placebo

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that patients with mild asthma (12 years and older) received the same benefit from a placebo as they did a steroid inhaler. The...

Processing trauma: 5 suggestions

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today How can nurses and other healthcare professionals support their patients in the aftermath of a national tragedy? An individual might not be directly involved in a natural...