About Leslie

Leslie wears many hats. In addition to being the Program Coordinator at the Portland Community Free Clinic, she is Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing and President and Owner of Maine Desk LLC

Call for Associate Editor: Journal for Nurse Practitioners


JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners offers high-quality, peer-reviewed clinical articles, original research, continuing education, and departments that help practitioners excel as providers of primary and acute care across the lifespan. JNP supports advocacy by demonstrating the role that policy plays in shaping practice and influencing outcomes. The journal is an official publication of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is affiliated with the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.

The successful candidate for the position of Associate Editor will be recognized for his or her academic and research achievements and will have an impressive track record of publications or presentations. The ideal candidate will possess the following traits:

  • Solid professional standing
  • Sound scientific judgment
  • Strong publications history
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

The main functions within this role are:

  • Oversee departments to ensure prompt publication of high-quality, clinically relevant content and work with department editors to select topics and contributors
  • Collaborate with the editor-in-chief to solicit, develop, and review content for case challenges
  • Support the editor-in-chief in overall journal management, including soliciting manuscripts, authors, and reviewers
  • Attend editorial board meetings
  • Write two editorials a year

The paid post also involves working closely with the Publisher and the Editorial Board and requires a consistent, weekly commitment of time, with additional time for meetings or conference calls. Appointment initially will be for a 2-year term.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a letter outlining the skills the applicant would bring to this position. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place by telephone. Applications should be sent to Managing Editor Dawn Nahlen at d.nahlen@elsevier.com by May 15, 2014.

In Memory of Ursula Springer, Publisher

Ursula-Springer-628x1024Dr. Ursula Springer, owner and president of Springer Publishing Company from 1970- 2004, died peacefully on Sunday March 30, 2014 near her home in Tuxedo, NY.

After the death of her husband Bernhard Springer in 1970, she left her position of Professor of Education at Brooklyn College to take over the publishing company that he had founded in 1950. As a publisher, she continued her husband’s development of books in psychology and nursing, and laid the ground work for innovative publications in the fields of  gerontology, social work, public health, and rehabilitation.  She mentored and groomed innumerable future scholars, authors, educators, and practitioners and respected those who brought their knowledge to her publishing endeavors.

Serving 34 years as owner and president of Springer Publishing Company, Ursula Springer was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the American Publishers Association. She received honorary membership in the honor society in nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, the Gerontological Society of America, and some regional groups. She became the first honorary fellow in the newly established American Academy of Nursing. In 2004, Dr. Springer established The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing Chair in the College of Nursing, New York University.

Dr. Ursula Springer’s commitment to education, social justice, and philanthropy was influential  beyond the publishing world.  Her work and vision was inspiring, as it will continue to be for generations to come.

source: SpringBoard, Springer Publishing Company

New Editor-in-Chief Appointed for Nurse Educator

marilyn oMarilyn Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF has been appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator. This message from the publisher, Beth Guthy, was posted on the journal’s website:

Dear Nursing Educators and Researchers,

Please join me in welcoming  Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN to the role of Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator.  As Director of Evaluation and Educational Research at Duke University School of Nursing, Dr. Oermann will bring her rich experience and voice to Nurse Educator.   A prolific author, speaker and mentor, you may also recognize Dr. Oermann as the Editor of the Journal of Nursing Care Quality.  We are delighted to welcome her to Nurse Educator and look forward to the leadership and expertise that she brings to the Journal and to the nursing education community.

At this time we would also like to offer our sincere thanks to Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN and Editor-in-Chief of JONA for her enormous efforts as Interim Editor of Nurse Educator over the last few months, and for the seamless transition to Dr. Oermann this February.  Thank you, too,  to the many board members, column editors, reviewers and authors who stepped in to offer strong support and ensure the ongoing success of Nurse Educator after the unexpected loss of our Editor, mentor and friend Suzanne P. Smith, RN, EdD, FAAN last Fall.

Please continue to share your ideas, contents and expertise with Nurse Educator.  We are looking forward to an exciting 2014 as Dr. Oermann takes the helm and works with the editorial board  to grow Nurse Educator, maintain relevance through outstanding evidence-based content and increase our reach in the education segment.

Beth L. Guthy
Publisher, Nurse Educator

Congratulations to Marilyn! Please leave best wishes or other words of encouragement for her in the comments.

It’s Never to Early to Start Planning: INANE 2015

Carolyn Yucha will be hosting INANE 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has finalized the date and location so mark your calendars now!

INANE 2015 – August 3 to 5, 2015

Tropicana Las Vegas, A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

  • Monday Aug 3 – Reception and Opening Session 5-8 pm
  • Tuesday, Aug 4- 7am – 5 pm, includes continental breakfast and lunch
  • Wed, Aug 5 – 7am – 2 pm, includes continental breakfast and lunch

More details will be posted as the conference is planned!

Prepare to be surprised!

Prepare to be surprised–it’s the Tropicana Las Vegas!

Nominate a Colleague for the MCF Leadership Award!

Picture of awardNominations are now being accepted for the MCF Leadership Award or, as it is more properly known by its formal title, The Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication. This award, the first of its kind for INANE, was created in 2012 and presented to Margaret Freda in absentia at the INANE meeting in Montreal. In 2013, two recipients were honored in Cork, Ireland: Joyce Fitzpatrick and Shirley Smoyak.

Nominations are now open for 2014! Shawn Kennedy is chair of the awards committee, which includes eight distinguished members: Grif Alspach, Joy Don Baker, Kathy Baker, Sean Clarke, Vicki Conn, Margaret Freda, Jan Fulton, and Jackie Owens. They are looking forward to the exciting task of reviewing nominations and selecting the recipient for this year’s award which will be presented on Tuesday, August 5th at the 33rd Annual INANE Meeting in Portland, Maine.

Please consider nominating a worthy colleague to be recognized for excellence in editorial leadership with this prestigious award. Details on nomination requirements can be found here; the online application is here. Note that nominations must be submitted using the online form. If you have any problems, send a message using the Contact Form and we will be in touch to resolve the issue. If you have any questions about the nomination process or the award, please use this same form to contact the awards committee directly.

The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2014.

Editor Search: Journal of Clinical Nursing


Applications are invited for the position of
Journal of Clinical Nursing

We are currently seeking applications for the position of Editor on the Journal of Clinical Nursing, to complete a team of an Editor-in-Chief and three Editors working on this leading international nursing journal.

The Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN) is an international, peer reviewed, scientific journal that seeks to promote the development and exchange of knowledge that is directly relevant to all spheres of nursing and midwifery practice. The primary aim is to promote a high standard of clinically related scholarship which supports the practice and discipline of nursing and midwifery. Detailed information about the journal can be found at www.wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/jocn.

The successful candidate for the position of Editor will: be recognized internationally for the quality of her or his academic and research achievements; have worked at a strategic level within academia or healthcare; and have an impressive track record of publications and presentations at conferences. The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and knowledge:

  • Sound scientific judgment
  • Broad knowledge of nursing and midwifery on an international level
  • Awareness of trends and standards within knowledge dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member as well as individually
  • Demonstrated track record in peer review activities for scholarly journals
  • Previous experience in Editor-type role

The main functions within this role are: manuscript handling and quality control, preparation of issues, strategic development, and journal promotion. The position involves working closely with other members of the Editorial Team which includes the Publisher, the other two Editors, and the Editor-in-Chief.

Applicants should note that this position requires a weekly commitment of time, with additional days required for meetings. The Editor can be based in any international location.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a short assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of JCN, detail of peer-review and previous editorial experience, and an accompanying letter outlining the skills you would bring to this position.

A description of the role and an information pack about the journal are available on request. Please send your application, in confidence, to:

Rosie Hutchinson, Journal Publishing Manager, Wiley-Blackwell, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DQ, UK. Email to rosie.hutchinson@wiley.com

Applications to arrive no later than 31st March 2014

ICN welcomes New Associate Editors of International Nursing Review

ICN Welcomes New Associate Editors of International Nursing Review

Geneva, Switzerland, 3 February 2014 – The International Council of Nurses is pleased to announce that Dr Pamela Mitchell and Dr Valerie Ehlers have been named as Associate Editors of the International Nursing Review, the official journal of the International Council of Nurses.

Dr. Pamela Mitchell

Dr. Pamela Mitchell

“I am delighted to welcome Pamela and Valerie to the staff of the INR,” said Dr Sue Turale, Editor of the INR. “Coming from different backgrounds and experiences, they will bring fresh new ideas and perspective to the journal. They have significant scholarly and practice qualities, and are passionate about helping nurses and midwives to publish and share knowledge. They are a great addition to the team.”

“I am pleased and honored to be joining the editorial group for the International Nursing Review,” said Dr Mitchell. “It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of the growing global influence of nursing.”

“It is a true honour to be part of the INR staff,” added Dr Ehlers.  “And I look forward to continuing the growth and success of this well-respected journal.”

Pamela Mitchell is Professor of Bio-behavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Services and founding Director of the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education and Research at the University of Washington. She received a BSN from the University of Washington, an MS with a focus on medical-surgical clinical specialisation from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Ph.D. in Health Care Systems Ecology from the University of Washington. Her research and teaching focus on hospital care delivery systems, effective management of clinical care systems, biobehavioral interventions for patients with acute and chronic cardio-cerebrovascular disease, and outcomes of interprofessional education. She was recently elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and is very well published.

Dr. Valerie Ehlers

Dr. Valerie Ehlers

Valerie Ehlers, a nurse educator and academic until her retirement from the University of South Africa in December 2013, holds the following degrees: B Soc Sc (Nursing), Honours B Soc Sc (Psychology), BA Cur, Honours BA Cur, MA Cur and D Litt et Phil. She is registered with the South African Nursing Council as a general nurse, midwife, psychiatric nurse, community health nurse. She has worked in the fields of community health, midwifery, orthopaedics and medical-surgical nursing and has presented many conference papers/posters and has been published in many national and international journals and other publications. Dr Ehlers served on the editorial boards of two national and two international journals and reviewed articles for various journals. From 2009 till 2013 she was the executive editor of the Africa Journal of Nursing & Midwifery (AJNM).  A highlight was the AJNM’s accreditation as an academic journal by South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training in 2008, based on documents compiled by her. She has received the 2012 Women’s Research Leadership Award from the University of South Africa, and the Hall of Fame for Research Excellence in Nursing from the Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa in 2011.  She is married and the proud mother of two daughters.

In Memory of Carol “Pat” Patsdaughter, PhD, RN, ACRN

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Carol A. “Pat” Patsdaugter

It is with great sadness that we share the news that INANE member Carol “Pat” Patsdaughter, PhD, RN, ACRN, passed away on January 26, 2014.  Pat was a cherished colleague, committed nursing leader, and INANE champion.

Pat’s work as the Associate Editor for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC) demonstrated a commitment not only to JANAC, but also to nursing and nursing publication.  She was a respected Professor of Nursing at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University, where she was known for her ability to mentor students.  Pat was an INANE member for more than a decade, and she was always a presence at INANE Conferences, which she thoroughly enjoyed and where she always made friends. Pat will be remembered fondly and missed deeply.

If you would like to honor Pat’s memory, consider a donation to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund in her honor. This fund was established to support the Mentoring Editors Awards, of which the inaugural four will be awarded next month. These awards provide support for four nurses with an emerging interest in the editorial role–as well as those new to an editorial role–to attend INANE with registration deferred. While the awards and the fund are named after our colleague Suzanne Smith who died in 2013, serving as an editor and mentoring others were also core values and a true part of Pat’s spirit. Honor her work with a donation to the development fund and help her memory and legacy live on through INANE.

A memorial is planned in Fort Lauderdale, FL for Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Election of COPE Council Members, January 2014

INANE is fortunate to have two nurse editor members on the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Council–Charon Pierson and Geri Pearson. Geri is running for re-election this year. In her words,

 I finally seem to understand the workings of this complex organization and can continue to contribute the Council for nursing editors. I am requesting that all those whose journals have COPE membership consider voting for me.  I’ve been told by leadership that every vote counts in this election.

Here is Geri’s personal statement for re-election:

When I became involved with COPE nearly four years ago I had no idea that my eventual election to the COPE Council would open so many doors to knowledge about publication ethics, a world view of the dilemmas faced by editors, and a sense of the growing complexity around ethics and publications. I have been very active on the COPE Council, reviewing cases, attending meeting and forums, and participating in planning conferences and events. I developed a systematic checklist system for COPE presentations, workshops, and forums.  This appears to be useful as it has been implemented over the past year. COPE is becoming increasingly visible in the world and I’m proud to be a part of an organization that implements the ethical principles it represents. I hope that I can have the chance to further my involvement with COPE with election to a second 3-year term.

Click here to learn more and vote in this year’s election. Note that voting closes on January 24, 2014.