Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Welcome to Creative Nursing 2011: Speaking, Listening, and Beyond

Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Welcome to Creative Nursing 2011: Speaking, Listening, and Beyond

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2010 was A Year of Learning at Creative Nursing. Our four issues explored Nursing Education and the Realities of Practice, Intercultural and Intergenerational Learning, Virtual Learning, and Lifelong Learning. From linguistic bias in multiple- choice tests to holistic care of patients who self-injure, from nursing's collective practice to nursing salons as an opportunity to reflect on our practice, from health literacy to healthy work environments for nursing faculty, and from seniors' experiences of congregate housing in Sweden to documenting faith community nursing in California, we reported on caregivers growing, changing, studying, and adapting to our rapidly changing world. If you have not had a chance to read these four rich issues of our journal, we invite you to subscribe now to receive each new issue as it appears and also to gain access to the archive of past issues.

In 2011, we turn our attention to communication. Its many elements are where we will spend our time: (a) presence and absence, (b) speech and silence, (c) messages, (d) channels, (e) audiences, (f) symbols, (g) creativity, and (h) ethics- all are part of our acts of nursing, whether or not we are aware of them. We call our overarching theme "Speaking, Listening, and Beyond." This first issue for 2011 explores presence: its origins, meaning, manifestations, importance, and its relationship to caring. Guest editor Jayne Felgen has been writing and speaking about presence and caring for many years; her conversation with me illuminates many facets of this vital aspect of nursing.

Our second issue, due out in May, is titled "Ethical Practice." Guest editor Ronda Hughes is a professor of nursing and former Senior Advisor at the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, focusing on end-of-life care, patient-centered care, and special needs populations. Our list of articles for this issue is complete and includes social justice advocacy in nursing, a discussion of horizontal violence; establishing trust in working with a Native American community; evaluating shared governance; and a round-table discussion, moderated by Dr. …

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