How's AJN magazine?

  1. I don't think I've ever seen it.

    I've had Nursing 2003/R.N. But never read AJN.
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  3. by   RNforLongTime
    It's OK....it's more researched based. Out of the above three magazines you've mentioned, it's my least favorite.
  4. by   TNcanNURSE
    I am subscribed to AJN and Nursing. I have read RN on occasion.
    AJN is a lot more formal and "scholarly" but it does contain a lot of useful information and developments in nursing. More like reading a textbook, but you can learn a lot by reading it. I don't have any plans to cancel it.
  5. by   -jt
    I get AJN autmomatically as a member of the ANA. it used to be pretty scientific but its undergone a redesign in the last year & is more up to the minute for the working nurse. Includes a lot more real issues than just research now.

    I think this months issue is excellent. Focused on the current shortage of nurses who are willing to work in hospitals. The reason - working conditions. Its full of easy to read research, charts, surveys, articles, etc all about it. A lot is there about why we are losing experienced nurses & what must be done about it. Even the Letters to the Editor section and the In My Perspective column have real nurses talking about their workday & why they are bolting. The entire issue is very informative & discusses whats being done by nurses & others in Washington & state legsilatures, what other hospitals are doing right, & many of the solutions that our employers need to hear. Ive already copied a couple of pages to give to my CEO. And Ive cut out the stats box titled LESS RNS MEAN MORE PATIENT DEATHS! It tells it like it is with the JAMA study results to back it up, & what employers & patients must do to rectify it. Im posting that one on the nurses bulletin board right in front of the lobby elevator.

    Even if you dont get a subscription, stop by your local hospital library & read the January 2003 AJN issue. Its one no RN (management or staff) or student nurse should miss.

    Also, it came with a 170 page career guide full of job opportunities all across the country, articles on the job market & job hunting, information on other non-traditional areas of nursing that one might be interested in but never knew existed. It will probably be in your hospital library too. If anything, its interesting to flip through & see what else is out there.
    Last edit by -jt on Jan 18, '03
  6. by   Sally_ICURN
    I have to agree with -jt. I have three subscriptions. Nursing 2003, Critical Care Nurse, and the AJN. My absolute favorite is Critical Care Nurse because every single issue hits home and totally pertains to what I do. I think AJN expands upon CC Nurse and the two together are easy reads and a great tool for keeping abreast of what's going on in the nursing world. I subscribed to Nursing ____ (insert year here) when I was a nursing student and have been receiving it ever since. I think it's a really good journal for new nurses and students, but I'm probably going to let the subscription run out this year.

    ~Sally
  7. by   boggle
    I agree with Sally ICU about Nursing (year) magazine being good for new nurses and students. I found AJN pretty hard to get through when I was a student and new.

    Now, AJN is my first choice. It's not as "feel good" as Nursing, but the articles are mostly clearly research based and often apply directly to my practice.
  8. by   oramar
    Just got my PSNA info packet, I guess that means AJN will start soon.
  9. by   fab4fan
    I get Nursing 200_ (insert year) and the Journal of Emergency Nursing. I used to get AJN, but didn't care for it. JEN deals more directly with my work; Nursing 200_ is OK, but not always relevant to what I do. I also used to get RN, but dropped it because it was too simplistic, IMO. We weren't even allowed to use it as a reference for writing papers when I was in nsg. school.

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