Dec 31 2013
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YOUR Favorite Blog Posts of 2013 – Part Two

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Human Capital Blog published nearly 400 posts in 2013. Yesterday, we shared five of the ten most-read posts published on this Blog this year. Today, as we prepare to usher in a new year, we report on those that generated the most visits.

Alcohol and Life Expectancy: Unraveling the Mystery of Why Nondrinkers Have Higher Risk of Premature Death  For years, experts have reported that people who drink in moderation live longer than those who do not consume alcohol at all. Patrick M. Krueger, PhD, an alumnus of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program, blogged about his study examining the reasons. One answer, Krueger found, is that nondrinkers include adults who quit drinking because they had problems with alcohol—and that group has a relatively high rate of premature death. His post attracted the biggest audience on this Blog in 2013 with more than 23,000 visits.

It’s a Lil’ Colored Girl to See You  This deeply personal post by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar alumna Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN, recounts an experience that occurred when she was a young nurse, and a patient’s wife referred to her in that way. Amar, a professor, also notes that students sometimes comment that she is intelligent—a comment her majority faculty member colleagues tell her they do not hear. Amar’s blog is a salute to the benefits of diversity. She concludes: “Diversity is not a one-way glass that only directs light in one direction. ... Diversity benefits us individually and collectively and allows the light to shine everywhere.” Like Krueger’s blog, it generated a lively conversation among readers.

Heroic Nurse—The Last Surviving ‘Angel of Bataan and Corregidor’—Passes Away  This tribute to Mildred Dalton Manning, who passed away in March at age 98, touched a nerve with readers who made it the third most-read post on this Blog in 2013. A volunteer with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Dalton was part of the first unit of American women serving near the front lines of battle in the Philippines at the start of World War II. Despite being taken prisoner, Manning and her colleagues treated the wounded at a makeshift outdoor clinic in the jungles of Bataan, caring night and day for 6,000 patients as bombs fell all around them. To many, they came to symbolize the dedication, strength, and heroism of nurses.

Tootsie’s Story: Medical Error Takes a Life  In this two-part blog, RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Jennifer Bellot, PhD, RN, MHSA, shares the circumstances that caused the death of her beloved grandmother, Tootsie. After a medication error severely overtaxed her heart, Tootsie lost her independence, her health, and ultimately her life. She suffered terribly during her last months as a result of what Bellot describes as a “textbook case of error, difficult transitions in care, unnecessary intervention, missed opportunities, and conflicting opinions and prognoses.” The blog ran in conjunction with an article Bellot published in the journal, Professional Case Management, and has been used as a teaching tool. Part Two of the piece, in which Bellot considers how nurse-led care coordination might have helped Tootsie, was also among the ten most-read posts on the RWJF Human Capital Blog in 2013.

Tags: Alcoholism, Diversity, Nurses, Medical errors, Human Capital, Nursing, Nurse Faculty Scholars, Health & Society Scholars