Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the July issue of AJN. The authors of our first CE, “Original Research: Helping Health Care Providers and Staff Process Grief Through a Hospital-Based Program,” investigated the feasibility and effectiveness of offering an intensive bereavement support program to hospital employees in a large health system. Our second CE, “Addressing Implicit Bias in Nursing: A Review,” describes the ways that implicit, or unconscious, bias among health care providers can contribute to health care disparities, and offers strategies nurses can use to discover and overcome their own implicit biases. The author of “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Embracing the Wald Model of Nursing,” discusses how Lillian Wald’s model of health care may be useful today as nurses seek to address diseases of despair and improve health equity. “Transition to Practice: Surviving Your First Code,” prepares new nurses for their first code, describes what happens during a code, and reviews the responsibilities of the resuscitation team. “Legal Clinic: The Elements of a Nursing Malpractice Case, Part 1: Duty” is the first article in a four-part series that will discuss the elements of a nursing malpractice case. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Did You Know?: The ten largest healthcare occupations represent 5.5 percent of national employment.
Forty-two percent of employment in healthcare occupations are related to nursing, including nursing assistants. Employment for registered nurses was nearly 2.7 million in May 2014, making it one of the largest occupations in the nation. The annual average wage for nurses was nearly $70,000. The top 10 percent of nurses earned $98,880 per year or more. Among the ten largest healthcare occupations, the top paying was physicians and surgeons, all other, with annual average wages of $189,760.-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics