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AACN Letters WHAT'S LEGAL IN DENVER? Re: Page 21 in April AACN Bold Voices 28 In regard to how the availability of legalized marijuana in Colorado would affect NTI participants, I don't think it makes a difference. If the nurse vacationed in Amsterdam and had partaken of the local custom and upon return home tested positive, it would be a positive test after [board of nursing] review. Probably, there will be a challenge/test court case that will work its way slowly through the home state legal system. Meanwhile, the nurse, having tested positive, would quite likely suffer the consequences. My advice would be to determine relative importance of job and career versus the short-term buzz, and then explore the local craft brewery scene. Another consideration may be who is paying for the trip? [The nurse's] employer? Paul Maxwell Posted at Organizations Alliance in Washington, D.C., thanks to my AACN continuing professional development scholarship. Please continue to send nurses to this program. It is greatly needed so nursing can have a strong, g, unified voice. Tara Heagele Hamilton, N.J. WHO ADVOCATES FOR NURSES? As nurses, we advocate for our patients. Who advocates for us? In nursing publications I see many articles regarding patient care but few regarding the nurses' working conditions and the decreasing compensation and benefits packages nurses receive. Healthcare is becoming increasingly business oriented as hospitals are being bought and sold to become part of conglomerate systems. When that happens, employees get caught in the middle. New regulations from The Joint Commission and others g give nurses more and more tasks and a responsibilities r without regard to w their effect on work flow and certainly no increase in pay. A great example is how articles about burnout in the emergency department present it as an acceptable working condition. Other articles criticize things nurses say or do that diminish the nurse-patient relationship. Yet I don't see any about how to help nurses get the time necessary to develop those relationships. I would like to see articles about legislation to improve nurses' working conditions and how lower nurse-patient ratios lead to better outcomes and patient satisfaction scores. Most of all, I would like to see articles about how little of a nurse's time patients receive for each day they spend in a hospital bed. Ray Carter Toms River, N.J. NIWI HEALTH POLICY INTERNSHIP I had a wonderful experience at NIWI, the health policy internship for nurses sponsored by the Nursing AACN Bold Voices invites your letters for possible print and/or online publication. Please be concise. Letters may be edited before publication. Include your name, credentials, city, state and email address (for verification). Write to Transitions Events in the lives of members and friends in the AACN community. Please visit transitions for more information about each one. Send new entries to Honor or remember your colleagues with a gift to AACN at Sue Gammill, award * Vicki Good, presentation * Carol Harvey, award * Janie Heath, publication * Pamela Jeffries, board * Roberta Kaplow, award * Linda Lewis, board * Rosanne Raso, new position * Seaton West, award * Mary Zellinger, award

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - May 2014

Another Angle
Pres Note Teaser: What Were We Thinking
Come for the Day. Learn for a Lifetime.
How AACN CSI Academy Changed My Practice
Healthcare Professionals Smoke Less Than General Population
Sleep-Deprived Nurses May Regret Clinical Decisions
Detecting Abuse When Kids Have Fractures
Effective Screening and Counseling for Alcohol Use
Most People Who Need Palliative Care Don’t Receive It
Interruptions Are Dangerous
AACN Community Steps Forward on Early Mobility
Satisfied and Engaged Staff Improve Patient Satisfaction
Involve Nurses When Developing Healthcare Technology
Nurses Concerned About Nursing’s Future
How Does This Year’s Flu Compare to Previous Trends?
Fewer Hospital Opportunities for Nursing Graduates
Excessive Crying as a Preemie, Behavioral Problems Later
Hand Amputees Can Feel Objects With New Prostheses
In Our Journals
Certification Capsules
New Editions of ‘AACN Essentials’ Textbooks
New at NTI 2014: Editorial Consults
Call for Nominations: AACN Board, Nominating Committee
Experience a Wasatch Mountain High This Summer at REACH
Thrive at NTI: 10 Tips for the Best Experience
President’s Note

Bold Voices - May 2014