One of my coworkers brought the February 2011 issue the American Journal of Nursing to work. My short story The Wisdom of Nursery Rhymes is featured in the Reflections column on the back page, with the sensitively rendered illustration by Barbara Hranilovich. Thank you to senior editor Jacob Molyneux and Madeleine Mysko, who coordinates the column. My coworker liked the story, but that wasn’t all she was reading. There are a lot of other particularly interesting articles this month. I am highlighting only a few in this post.
The cover article The Role of the Nurse in Combating Human Trafficking, by Donna Sabella, brings to light a problem often kept under the radar. I suspect most of us are unaware how prevalent the problem has become. Original Research: Local Anesthesia Before IV Catheterization, by Sandra Drozdz Burke, Sonia J. Vercler, Ra’Net O. Bye, P. Corinn Desmond, and Yvonne W. Bees tackles questions many infusion nurses have about the efficacy of intradermal buffered lidocaine over intradermal bacteriostatic normal saline as a local anesthesia before IV starts. Both articles offer CE credits too.
The Art of Nursing, coordinated by senior editor Sylvia Foley, features a poem of severe beauty, Sketch, by Stacy R. Nigliazzo. This is the second time Stacy’s and my work has appeared together in the same issue of the American Journal of Nursing. In the October 2009 issue, her poem Purgatory was featured in the Art of Nursing, and my painting Love You to Death appeared on its cover.