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Tribute to our Nursing Colleagues

Thank you all for your enthusiastic reception to this new journal. We appreciate the e-mails, letters, and calls of support as you reviewed our premier issue. We are pleased you like the format and the content relevant to the NP role. We are also happy to acknowledge the many NPs who are sending manuscripts and asking to be reviewers. We are delighted to find so many well-prepared NPs who wish to share their scholarly works with the broader community. Our celebration, however, is tempered by the escalating horror along the Gulf Coast that we cannot ignore. As we were going to press, floodwaters and wind transformed parts of our nation into third-world country conditions. Individuals who had the means to leave escaped the devastating hurricane. Those who did not remained behind in unimaginably harsh settings. Many of these individuals are our patients and were already the poor, homeless, and unemployed who now are suffering even more. Their chronic diseases, lack of good nutrition, and scarce resources make their existence in this nightmare almost unbearable. Many of them will not survive. Government programs and health care systems have never met the needs of this group, and they will continue to suffer most because their needs are so great. Our hearts go out to them. One of the lingering images is the people who turned to the television cameras and cried, “Who is going to help us? Where are they? Why doesn't anyone come?” But there is already some help—the help that never left. The nurses and physicians who remained in the hospitals, who volunteered to stay on duty even when reports of the coming storm grew more frightening. Those who even now are still on duty in hospitals without electricity, filled with sick patients for whom there was no evacuation. They are still on duty, doing what nurses have always done—caring for their patients. Our own editorial board has two nurse practitioners based in New Orleans. Both of them have contacted us to say they are safe, although they have witnessed and experienced frightening things. This is a life-changing event for everyone. During hard times like these, the nurses of Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama will be there—on duty, quietly serving not only in the hospitals, but also in the families and neighborhoods where they live, giving first aid and reminding people about hand-washing, waste disposal, boiling water, good nutrition, hydration, and disease prevention. And nurses will be there to hold the hands of the dying and suffering patients and ease their stress and panic. As we know, nurses will always be on duty. We pay them great tribute.</P> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal for Nurse Practitioners Elsevier
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