On the Other Side of the Rails

EXPLORING THE HEART OF NURSING


An Introduction

Author:
Lynn Visser MSN, RN, PHN, CEN, CPEN

Section Editors:
Lynn Visser MSN, RN, PHN, CEN, CPEN
Charlie Hawknuff MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN, TCRN

As we prepare to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Emergency Nurses Association, it seems only fitting that we find new ways for nurses to shine their light on others or for others to shine their light on nurses.

We all have stories to tell. Often stories are exchanged in the break room, locker room, or at a private gathering. Sometimes the story is accompanied with undeniable laughter, other times the tears begin to flow. Yet, these small exchanges, though certainly valuable, often touch only a limited number of people. There are so many lessons to be learned from the often funny, thought provoking, and/or clinically challenging cases; there is also a plethora of reasons to celebrate the caregivers who touched you and your loved ones when experiencing health care from the patient or family-member perspective.

So, the next time you exchange a tear with a patient, receive a letter of thanks from a family, or have an experience that may touch the heart of another health care provider, we encourage you to think about this new location to tell those stories.

Welcome to "On the Other Side of the Rails"… a new blog associated with the Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN). This blog will evolve over time, but for now will publish every other month…on the months opposite of the release of the journal.

We invite those who already enjoy reading JEN to visit the blog on those off months where you may be wanting a small taste of something a little different. To those who may be unfamiliar with JEN or are not avid readers, we invite you to get your feet wet with the blog.

We encourage submissions from any reader who has been touched by the health care system. Some contributors may be involved directly in patient care and might want to share the impact a patient, family, or colleague had on them. Others may want to write about life "on the other side of the rails"…those moments when the caregiver becomes the patient…or maybe sees health care from the vantage point of a family member.

By now your brain is probably exploding with ideas. Are you ready to take action? Do you want help fine-tuning your thoughts? Are you eager to be published for the first time or the fiftieth time? Check out the submission guidelines at www.elsevier.com/journals/journal-of-emergency-nursing/0099-1767/guide-for-authors or email your editors at [email protected]. The opportunity has arrived. The time is now. We hope to hear from you soon!

Your Editors,
Lynn Sayre Visser MSN, RN, PHN, CEN, CPEN
Charlie Hawknuff, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN, TCRN

To connect with the Blog editors email [email protected].

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Author:
Lynn Visser MSN, RN, PHN, CEN, CPEN
Blog Editor
Journal of Emergency Nursing
Phone: (916) 704-6495
Email: [email protected]


Section Editors:

Lynn Visser MSN, RN, PHN, CEN, CPEN
[email protected]

Charlie Hawknuff MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN, TCRN
[email protected]

How to contribute

We encourage submissions from any reader who has been touched by the healthcare system. Some contributors may be involved directly in patient care and might want to share the impact a patient, family, or colleague had on them. Others may want to write about life “on the other side of the rails” …those moments when the caregiver becomes the patient…or maybe sees healthcare from the vantage point of a family member. Inquiries can be sent to [email protected]

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