Originally posted by Jenny P
I get AJN (through my ANA membership), RN Magazine, Nursing 2002, Critical Care Nurse (through AACN membership), Focus on Critical Care, Nursing Spectrum and Nurseweek (both free, BTW). I used to get Heart and Lung and also another one whose name escapes me right now; but I quit subscribing to them when I realized I wasn't reading most of them.
BTW, I stack my nursing magazines in my BR on a small stand near my toilet and countertop and everytime I use the BR, I read a paragraph or two. Even while brushing my teeth I can do that! I have no problem keeping up with my professional reading that way. (Thank goodness I have "my own" BR, because sometimes the magazine stack does get a bit deep.)
Jenny, your reading list is amazing! I admire you, but don't know how you get through them all.
I encourage the following: a general purpose journal (such as AJN, RN, or Nursing 2002) to keep up with general trends and nursing information. Secondly, a journal for your specialty area, if a good one is available (such as -- for critical care -- Heart and Lung or Focus on Critical Care). Third, a journal, magazine or newsletter that deals with the "business" side of your practice (Nursing Spectrum, or Nurseweek are good starters for that). There are not, unfortunately, a lot of good periodicals that deal with the day to day business side of your professional life. I keep telling myself that there's an opportunity there for an entrepreneur, but I don't have the money available right now to start something like that.
Also, Jenny is right about dropping subscriptions: when they start to pile up unread, this is an indication that you and that magazine might not be the right mix. No one should feel guilty about quitting a subscription. Learning never happens by osmosis, and a journal unread helps no one.
Jim Huffman, RN