Letter from the Editor

1 November 2013

Vulnerability is a common thread through many articles in Nursing Review this edition.

We talk to nurses working with vulnerable children in low decile schools about the difference having a nurse in the playground or classroom can make to a child’s health and learning. And to nurses working with young adults balancing the everyday pressures and pleasures of student life with type 1 diabetes.

Then we move on to look at wound care and infection control. One article looks at the next patient safety campaign that is focusing on ensuring vulnerable patients recuperating from surgery are not set back by surgical site infections. Others share best practice pushes to help prevent or successfully treat clients – often made vulnerable due to their age or chronic condition – who face skin tears, venous leg ulcers and pressure injuries.

Our RRR professional development and exercise (only available to subscribers) looks at helping nurses navigate that most difficult of conversations when a patient and their loved ones are at life’s most vulnerable time – its quickly approaching end.

Frances Hughes – who has experienced the vulnerability of being in Manhattan on “9/11” and in New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy – shares her research on how to best prepare for the unexpected.

And lastly Jo Ann Walton argues that nursing is made vulnerable as a profession if care rationing leads to ‘comfort care’ being accepted as inessential care.

Fiona Cassie