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YES AND NO ON SMOKING BAN I cast my vote to eliminate smoking in public places nationwide. I live in Fort Wayne where we’ve been smoke-free for a few years. It is so much better. We need to keep educating about how secondhand smoke affects our children. Nancy Hinton Fort Wayne, Ind. I vote “no” on a nationwide public smoking ban (September 2010). I feel that banning smoking in public places is wrong even though I don’t smoke nor does anyone in my family. It reminds me of banning alcohol during Prohibition, which was a misguided attempt by do-gooders to improve the world. It’s one thing to recommend healthy choices and another to force them on people. It’s healthier to take the stairs instead of an elevator. Does that mean we should ban elevators? We can’t dictate right and wrong for everything. Smoking is a choice, not a crime. Colleen Malone Amour Half Moon Bay, Calif. WE HIDE BEHIND CURTAINS I admire Gloria McNeal’s vision (Interview, September 2010). We talk about disparity, adversity, cultural sensitivity and ethnical diversity. We advocate for changes that will make us equal. Then we hide our words behind colored curtains — white, brown, black, yellow — that hide our true feelings. We live in a fantasy world where ﬂowers bloom on good days and stars shine on brilliant nights. We change the curtains but not what hides behind them. Amelia Datu-Khan Middlesex, N.J.
ONE YEAR LATER I was tied to AACN News and didn’t think it could be improved. You proved me wrong. AACN Bold Voices showcases how well AACN interacts with readers, members and constituents. Since the July 2009 premiere, the magazine’s design and content have been meaningful and relevant to my practice. I especially value how Bold Voices delivers more with less. The print pages are smaller, but the digital edition links expand the content. In Our Journals and the At the Bedside section phenomenally deliver needto-know information for r high acuity and critical care nurses. Thank you for Bold Voices. As a past president, I’m especially proud. Dave Hanson Arlington Heights, Ill. FORENSIC NURSES AND VIOLENCE Thank you for the article about The Joint Commission’s alert on violence (October 2010). Unfortunately, it takes tragedies such as the recent murder-suicide at Johns Hopkins Hospital to bring attention to violence in hospitals. Forensic nurses are an underutilized resource in these situations. Our specialized training in violence-related issues can be invaluable as hospital departments collaborate to develop violenceprevention and response programs. Alida Wagner Aurora, Ill. H1N1 It will be impossible to tell if the World Health Organization exaggerated H1N1. (October 2010) Heightened awareness of H1N1
also changed behaviors that could have signiﬁcantly affected the outcome. For example, hospitals placed hand cleansers in strategic public locations, restricted visiting and expanded use of isolation. Businesses provided hand cleansers for patrons and more individuals stayed home instead of going to work sick. In the face of a possible disaster one prepares for the worst scenario and hopes for the best. Mark Roady Portland, Ore. STAN STA TALL AT HABITAT FOR HA HUMANITY HU Three of us — Th including Stan Tall in — just returned from a weekf long Habitat for l Humanity build in Charlottesville, Va., that included 9 miles of kayaking and an awesome h hike to the top of Old Rag Mountain. Having Stan along made us feel proud and 10 feet tall. Everyone knew we were nurses and called us the All Stars because of our hard work. Jan Prata and Lindsey Hoosty Newark, Del. SORRY, STAN We didn’t credit Jennifer Mitchell for photo 4 of Stan Tall on page 20 of the September issue. Mitchell posted the photo on Facebook when Stan visited the Smart Hospital, a state-of-the-science simulation center at the University of Texas at Arlington. Our apologies. —Eds.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - November 2010
Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Savel Named AJCC Physician Coeditor
Funk Selected as 2011 Distinguished Research Lecturer
Bold Voice Interview: MaryAnn Stump
Confidence to Stand Tall
Coffee May Prevent Head and Neck Cancers
Coffee, Alcohol, Smoking, Exercise Linked to Teen Headaches
TZDs Linked to Fractures for Type 2 Diabetes Patients
ESRD Patients with Diabetes: Aggressive Blood-Sugar Control Not Recommended
Nurses Need More Shut-Eye
Retiring Baby Boomer Nurses to Shrink Workforce
In Our Journals
Prescription Painkiller Spikes
Why Did You Become Certified?
AACN Participates in Selection of Best Practice QI Programs
From the President
Bold Voices - November 2010