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ANA Position Statements Column

Editor: Liz Stokes, JD, MA, RN 
For easy access for all, the ANA Position Statements column features the latest position papers in the journal. This column begins with ANA Position Statements effective 2018. Information about the process for development of a position statement and statements prior to the inception of this column are available at: https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/nursing-excellence/official-position-statements/.

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Informatics Column

Editor: Dr. Ramona Nelson, PhD, BC-RN, ANEF, FAAN 
Informatics, sometimes equated with computerization, is becoming a more common word in the vocabulary of healthcare professionals. Informatics, however, is not about computers any more than healthcare is about stethoscopes. Like the stethoscope, however, the computer is a tool, a tool used in informatics. The field of informatics includes all aspects of managing information, from capturing it, processing it, storing it, and retrieving it, through to presenting it to the right person at the right time, in the most understandable format. To achieve the most effective information systems, nurses need to be aware of what informatics makes possible, as well as what informatics activities are occurring at regional, national, and international levels and how these will affect nursing. This column, which will be posted two times a year, will address these topics.

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Legislative Column

Editor: Greer Glazer, RN, CNP, PhD, FAAN 
The overall goal of the Legislative column is for nurses to USE the information in the political process to strengthen nursing and nurses' roles in providing quality healthcare to all.

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Ethics Column

Editor: Jeanne Merkle Sorrell, PhD, RN, FAAN 
The goals for the Ethics column are to raise awareness of ethical issues for nurses across settings, specialties, and nationalities; inform readers about critical issues in ethics; encourage ethical thoughtfulness about ethical dilemmas that nurses face; and initiate commentary and responses from a variety of nurses globally.

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Cochrane Review Briefs Column

Archive 2013 – 2015
The Cochrane Review Briefs column was retired in 2015 and is now archived. All previously posted columns are available to readers. This column was an international partnership with the Cochrane Nursing Care Field, Evidence Transfer Program. The goal was to disseminate summaries of nursing care-relevant Cochrane Reviews to encourage the transfer of the findings of Cochrane Reviews into global practice. The column featured short summaries of recent Cochrane Reviews.

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Information Resources Column

Archive 1999 – 2006
The Information Resources column was retired in 2006 and is now archived. All previously posted columns are available to readers. This column capitalized on the potential of the Internet for professional development and patient care. Nurses need to be knowledgeable users of information and have the requisite set of information management skills. The Information Resources columns provided discussion of the availability and use of networked information.

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