New Columns Posted on OJIN

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OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing is ANA's  peer-reviewed, international, on-line publication. Read the lastest columns posted on OJIN.

On February 13, 2009, the United States (U.S.) Congress approved the conference report that became the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1). The Recovery Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009, The Legislative Column by Alexandre and Glazer, "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: What’s in it for Nursing?",  discusses plans for federal stimulus dollars that will benefit nursing.

The Informatics Column by Thede, "Informatics: Electronic Records and Organizational Culture" notes that the technology to make all of our healthcare agencies paperless exists today. This column explores the question: why have we not moved more rapidly in this direction? This column contributes to the Current Topic, Nursing Technologies: Innovation and Implementation.

In The Value of Nursing Ethics. What About Nurse Jackie? Ethics Column editor Jeanne Sorrell considers the Showtime series Nurse Jackie, which has emerged recently as a controversial representation of the daily work of a nurse. Nurses, nursing organizations, and the general public have weighed in on the merits (or lack of them) of the show. This column discusses some of the feedback and notes the potential contribution of the show as a context for ethical discussions.