Announcing the Nursing Editors History Project

Peggy Chinn and I are very excited to announce a new initiative that we have developed and will be leading: the Nursing Editors History Project. We have created a website which is here: NEHP. That site has all the details but in a nutshell–Peggy and I realized that there is no central repository or database of nursing editors. As everyone on this list knows, editors play a crucial role in the creation and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Our leadership is so significant that we created an award to recognize this! But, while archives exist that electronically store the articles that have been published in journals, but many of these archives do not include information on editors, publishers, and other key people. As time moves on, much of this information, which right now only exists only in the form of memories, is being lost. Thus we had the brainstorm of the NEHP.

As with everything that is INANE-related, this is a grassroots project. We have created the website and a form for collecting data about journals. The form has been gently pilot-tested but will likely need revision–we welcome your feedback! As we receive information, we will update the site, revise our processes, and keep everyone involved. We need your input to be successful. 

The website is our initial vision. It includes a database of journals and a listing of editors, past and present. We have links to the information that is submitted and will be linking back to the Directory of Nursing Journals at the INANE site. Our goal is to have a comprehensive resource that documents our editorial history, which can serve as a resource to inform the future. 

We invite all INANE members to join us in this initiative. Please share your journal information and history through our submission form. If you have information on other journals, particularly those that are no longer published, we are interested in that, too. There is a contact form at the website that makes it easy to get in touch with us. We welcome ideas and suggestions on the project in general–this is what will inspire us to make this project grow! Last, we have a page for donations. If you truly believe in what we have envisioned, financial support, even modest donations, will go a long way to supporting the sustainability of this project. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and visit the NEHP website. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your journal information for our database.

Editor Search, INSIGHT

37_insightvxxxviino2_web_page_01 (1)We are searching for an Editor for INSIGHT: The Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, Inc. (ASORN)

This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in working with our peer-reviewed nursing journal published quarterly in-house. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the process of scientific or academic journal publishing. You will oversee the composition of INSIGHT with regard to design and content and mentor actual and potential authors. You will work with an Editorial Board and ASORN staff during the publication process. ASORN’s Board of Directors will appoint an Editor for a 3-year term following mentorship by the current Editor for a period of 6 to 12 months. You will assume the role of Editor subject to evaluation by the Board of Directors.


  • Currently involved in ophthalmic nursing
  • Minimum educational level of BSN
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership and team-working skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self motivated and achievement oriented
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to work with editorial team to meet established deadlines
  • Internet access and proficiency with MS Word, Adobe and Acrobat
  • Willing to contribute some content to INSIGHT
  • Minimum 3 year commitment subject to evaluation period by ASORN’s Board of Directors
  • Commitment to and command of ophthalmic nursing research
  • Attendance at ASORN Annual Meeting to document and assess activities for future journal content (may designate representative from Editorial Board if unable to attend)


  • Active member of ASORN
  • Knowledge of journal publishing and requirements of nursing and/or health science communities
  • Some experience working with or publishing on behalf of nursing societies and associations
  • Demonstration of the individual’s institutional or organizational support
  • Established relationships with or access to potential authors

Compensation and Benefits

  • Quarterly stipend is offered (partial stipend during 6-12 months of mentorship by current Editor)
  • Some reimbursement of journal related expenses
  • Paid registration for ASORN’s Annual Meeting when attending to document activities for future journal content

Please send CV and at least two (2) examples of your writing to
ASORN Client Manager, Caitlin Nimmo, at

Editor Search, Journal of Advanced Nursing


Applications are invited for the position of Editor, Journal of Advanced Nursing

One of the current team of Editors, Lin Perry, will be stepping down in 2015. Therefore we are seeking applications for the position to complete a team of five Editors within one of the leading international nursing journals. The Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN) is an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal which contributes to the advancement of evidence-based nursing, midwifery and healthcare by disseminating high quality research and scholarship of contemporary relevance and with potential to advance knowledge for practice, education, management or policy. Detailed information about the journal can be found here.

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

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Sound scientific judgment
  • Professional standing
  • 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
  • Previous experience in Editor-type role
  • Based in Asia-Pacific

The main functions within this role are: manuscript handling and quality control, strategic development, and journal promotion. The post involves working closely with the Publisher, the other 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 successful candidate would ideally start work on the journal in June 2015.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a short assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of JAN, and an accompanying letter outlining the skills you will bring to this position. A description of the role is available on request.

Please send your application, in confidence, to:
Rosie Hutchinson, Senior Journals Publishing Manager, Wiley:

Applications to arrive no later than 20th April 2015

INANE 2015 Speakers Holding Reddit Chat and Webinar with Charon Pierson!

by Charon Pierson

Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus, co-founders of Retraction Watch, will be presenting to INANE attendees on August 4th at our upcoming annual meeting in Las Vegas August 3rd – 5th. Both speakers are in great demand and we are fortunate to have secured their presence at our conference. If you don’t know about Retraction Watch, you might want to attend a free webinar or Reddit chat featuring Ivan Oransky and INANE member Charon Pierson, who is also a COPE Council member. They will be co-presenting on two days in April on the topic of “Catching Errors: Peer Review and Retractions in Publishing.” The first venue is an “Ask Us Anything” chat on Reddit on April 15th from 12-1PM EDT. Here’s the announcement:

[Science AMA Series] We are Charon Pierson, journal editor and elected member of the Governing Council for the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Ivan Oransky, co-founder of Retraction Watch. AUA about publication ethics and retractions.

To access a Reddit chat go to and search on the title in the brackets above. You can also search on American Chemical Society, the hosts of the series and sort by New. The chat will be live during the time advertised and will then be archived on the Reddit site after the chat closes. Both Charon and Ivan will be answering questions from as many people as possible.

The second event is a live webinar, also hosted by the American Chemical Society, on April 16th from 2-3PM EDT. Ivan and Charon will be presenting a brief talk about catching errors and how to handle retractions in the literature. They will then take questions from the audience. The live webinar is free but the archived version will only be accessible to members of the American Chemical Society. Here’s the announcement:

We have all seen the headlines where unintentional errors and falsified data have caused papers to be retracted. These instances can damage the reputation of the researchers, journals and institutions that are associated with the research. Join us as Dr. Charon Pierson and Dr. Ivan Oransky discuss the efforts that are being made to combat this issue and expose the bad research as well as what could be changed to improve the review process.

To register for this event, go to

Both of these events will be of interest to nurse editors and a preview of what’s to come in Las Vegas!  If you have not registered yet for the conference, be sure to do so by the registration deadline of April 30th!  You can register after April 30th, but then the late registration fee applies — no exceptions!!!

INANE Member Shawn Kennedy in the news!

NICHE Announces “From Practice to Publication”
Session for 2015 Annual Conference 

NEW YORK – March 4, 2015 – Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) announces plans for a ”From Practice to Publication” session at the 2015 Annual NICHE Conference, April 15, 2015, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, editor-in-chief, American Journal of Nursing, will conduct the session for those interested in publishing articles based on their geriatric research and quality improvement initiatives.

As nurses engage in evidence-based practice, clinical research and quality improvement projects, sharing their work with the broader nursing and healthcare communities becomes both an opportunity and professional responsibility. The session will cover some basics to consider including getting started on the process of writing, guidelines, selecting a journal, what to expect from review/editing and key elements.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss key elements of an acceptable paper.
  2. Identify processes to follow before submitting.
  3. Describe ways to start the creative process.

Two research symposiums are scheduled for Friday, April 17 at the conference: “Understanding & Using Evidence to Address Clinical Problems” and “How to Secure Funding and Disseminate/Publish Results.” The ”From Practice to Publication” session will be instrumental in further helping new research reach the media.

More than 850 nurses and other healthcare professionals from over 300 hospitals and healthcare organizations worldwide will meet in Lake Buena Vista, Florida for the 2015 Annual NICHE Conference, April 1417, 2015. The theme of this year’s conference at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is “Innovation Through Leadership.”

Attendees at the annual NICHE conferences share evidence-based innovations and research. NICHE supports hospitals and other healthcare organizations in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times: quality care of older adults. For complete conference information and to register, visit

Search for Editorial Consultant: Journal of Nursing Regulation

Search: Editorial Consultant, Journal of Nursing Regulation


JNR-CoverWe have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and experienced publishing consultant to join the team at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) as editorial project manager for the Journal of Nursing Regulation (JNR), the official journal of the NCSBN. JNR is online (click here) and indexed in Ebsco, CINAHL, CINAHL PLUS and is the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to nursing regulation.

NCSBN is a not-for-profit organization through which boards of nursing can act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing.

The editorial consultant will oversee the JNR’s editorial operations, including acquisitions, managing the peer review process, performing some editing of manuscripts, communicating with authors, overseeing production and design and collaborating with the editor-in-chief and other members of the editorial team to create a professional journal that is distributed on time.

This will be a part-time, independent contractor position reporting to Maryann Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Chief Officer of Nursing Regulation for NCSBN and the Editor-in-Chief of JNR. The role is preferably based in Chicago but telecommuting may be possible, depending on the candidate’s qualifications.


Primary responsibilities for the journal, which is published 4 times a year, include:

  • Work closely with commercial publisher on all aspects of the editorial process from initial submission of manuscripts to mailing
  • Evaluate manuscripts for potential publication, in consultation with the editor-in-chief (EIC) as needed
  • Traffic manuscripts from the time of arrival through the publication process, including peer review
  • Review peer reviews and collaborate with author on necessary revisions
  • Review author revisions and evaluate for acceptance in collaboration with the EIC
  • Maintain the editorial workflow calendar
  • Oversee and direct the work of editors, copyeditor, and designer
  • Edit and proofread manuscripts as needed throughout the editorial process
  • Communicate with authors throughout the publication process
  • Attend meetings and conferences
  • Recruit potential authors ongoing
  • Create and monitor manuscript submission schedules
  • Collaborate with authors to develop, revise and edit manuscripts, as needed
  • Plan and Develop the table of contents for each issue
  • Manage the completion and submission of Continuing Nursing Education tests and applications
  • Coordinate production schedule with publisher
  • Coordinate mailing lists with the publisher

The editorial consultant participates on conference calls with the editorial advisory board and may represent JNR at NCSBN or other national meetings.


  • Masters (preferred) in English or journalism preferred; nursing-related experience in practice or publishing a plus
  • Previous experience in editorial project management preferred
  • At least 4 years of editing/writing experience
  • Strong problem solving skills


NCSBN is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary. To apply for this opportunity, email

Call for Entries: Capstone International Nursing Book Award

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is pleased to announce that the call for entries for the 2015 Capstone International Nursing Book Award is open.  The deadline for submitting an entry is 4 March, 2015.  This award was created by STTI to recognize the single most outstanding nursing book published by or for nurses in the biennium. Any nursing book – textbook, professional, or consumer title – published between 2 February 2013 and 1 February 2015 is eligible (books must be in print by close of eligibility period). Publishers, editors, authors, or readers may nominate books for The Capstone International Nursing Book Award.

Nominations can be submitted for the 2015 Capstone International Nursing Book Award by clicking here.

Questions about the award or nomination process can be sent to Paula at Sigma Theta Tau.

Search for Editor: CIN Plus and ANI Connection

XLargeThumb.00024665-201501000-00000.CVSearch: Editor, CIN Plus and ANI Connection

After a decade of service, Dr. Linda Thede, Departmental Editor for CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing is stepping down. Thus a search is underway for a Dr. Thede’s replacement. The selected Editor will have primary responsibility for coordinating the CIN Plus and ANI Connection departments of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. The Editor will also be actively engaged in promoting CIN through social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. This is an ideal opportunity for a nurse with an emerging interest in publishing and the editor role to have responsibility for journal and manuscript development while at the same time being mentored by an experienced Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Leslie Nicoll.

Activities related to this position include:

  • Soliciting manuscripts for both departments, typically two per issue (one for CIN Plus and one for ANI Connections).
  • Working with authors to revise and refine their manuscripts so that they are suitable for publication.
  • Providing on-time publication ready manuscripts to the editorial office according to established deadlines.
  • Participating in monthly conference calls with leadership of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics to discuss manuscript flow and the publication plan for ANI Connections.
  • Attending relevant conferences, schedule permitting, such as the annual meetings for HIMSS, AMIA, ANIA, and the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE).
  • Engaging audiences via social media.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Editor-in-Chief.

Applicants should note that this position requires a weekly commitment of time. Applicants can be located in any setting; the work is done remotely. Financial remuneration includes a monthly honorarium and payment of the registration fee to attend the annual meeting of INANE.  Ideally, the selected candidate will begin work on April 1, 2015.


  • At least five years progressive experience in nursing.
  • A registered nurse with a master’s degree in nursing is required, but a doctoral degree and certification in informatics is preferred.
  • An established network of colleagues in informatics, nursing, and (to a lesser extent) publishing.
  • Experience in the publication process, either as an author, peer reviewer, or similar position.
  • Knowledge and ability to use technology effectively to streamline workflow.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member as well as individually.

There is an online application process which can be accessed here. 
Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2015.
Questions should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief,
Dr. Leslie Nicoll at

Truth in Reporting: Straight Talk for The Good Nurse

NB: The following resources grew out of the INANE presentation by Charles Graeber and Diana Mason at INANE 2014 in Portland, ME. Faculty, editors, and other interested colleagues are free to use these resources, with proper credit to Charles Graeber, author of The Good Nurse, Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN Co-Director, Center for Health, Media & Policy, Rudin Professor of Nursing, and INANE 2014.
PART I: Editorial Notes Outline:


  • In the book “The Good Nurse,” eight years of investigative journalism uncovers the shocking story of a serial killer nurse, and the hospital administrators who passed him on, hospital to hospital, for 16 years. It also highlights the attempts of several brave whistleblower “good nurses” to stop Cullen along the way.
  • Serial Killer Charles Cullen is in prison for what he did. Many of the administrators who passed him on got promoted.
  • New Health care employee reporting laws, designed to stop another serial killer like Charles Cullen, in fact treat truly “good nurses” like criminals.
  • Meanwhile it’s still business as usual for the health care executives.
  • We should know the truth and demand common sense laws that respect nurses, protect patients, and don’t force executives to choose between protecting their institution from lawsuits, and protecting patients from harm.



  • The book details how nurse Charles Cullen was able to selectively or randomly kill an admitted 40 patients, though expert estimates of the real number of Cullen’s victims to be closer to 400, making him the most prolific serial killer in United States history.
  • But as lurid as these details are, more troubling are the descriptions of how Cullen was able to go from hospital to hospital in Pennsylvania and New Jersey–often facilities with stellar reputations, including Magnet designation—without being reported to the police, the state boards of nursing, and state departments of health (until a coworker reported her suspicions to police, against the expressed wishes of her hospital’s administration and lawyers).
  • The book describes situations in which top executives and administrators stymied detectives’ investigations into the suspicious deaths, including misleading them about the medication system and record-keeping.
  • When Cullen’s actions (serious repeated nurse practice issues, delivery of non-proscribed meds, bizarre behavior, patient complaints) were uncovered by hospital authorities, he was either removed from the schedule, fired or allowed to resign. But never was he stopped.
  • Example: At one hospital, Cullen was the only suspect in a rash of insulin overdoses. He was removed from the schedule, and so applied for a job at another hospital, where he commenced overdosing patients. At another hospital, Cullen was caught red-handed by his fellow nurses, stashing empty vials of deadly paralytic drugs which he had used for murder during his shift. Outside council was brought in, and Cullen was allowed to resign, rather than be fired, so that he could receive a neutral recommendation.Cullen quickly found a new job, and began killing again.
  • Instead of opening themselves to outside scrutiny- at the risk of reputation, donor money and massive lawsuits- the hospitals, intentionally or otherwise, operated in a manner which protected the institution, but put their patients at risk.
  • When Cullen’s suspicious behavior was brought to the attention of the authorities by a whistle-blowing nurse, the hospital drove the nurse whistle-blower out of the state, and later, counter-sued families of patients who were suspected dying at Cullen’s hand, and have tried to intimidate the book’s author.
  • None of the hospital executives and administrators were held accountable for their actions or their failure to report Cullen in a timely fashion, if at all; several, including a risk management administrator who obstructed a police investigation, were promoted.
  • There has never been a criminal investigation into the actions of these administrators, but it’s not too late; nurse leaders and patient advocates can still demand the truth. (Somerset County NJ Police detectives also called for a Grand Jury).
  • New Jersey and Pennsylvania quickly passed broad laws (see below) in the wake of Cullen’s prosecution and life jail sentence, but there appears to be little enforcement of these laws requiring hospitals to report a dismissed employee.While ineffective at inspiring change at a corporate level, they appear to be overloading the nursing board review process, and can brand the career of an inexperienced nurse who makes a simple mistake.
  • Questions that this book raises include:
  1. How do we prevent another Cullen from going undiscovered in our midst?
  2. What policies and procedures are needed to ensure that health care organizations take the proper and ethical actions that are needed to prevent employees from continuing to do harm to patients?
  3. How do we tell nurses to blow the whistle on unsafe practices when their employers skirt doing so, even when required by law to report these?
  4. What are the local and national conversations that need to happen around institutional priorities (patient welfare versus financial health of the institution) accountability for patient safety in health care?
  5. What are the ethical dilemmas that nurse administrators face when becoming aware of potential criminal activity with their facilities, but are told by executive leadership that they must not investigate further, nor report it? How does this nurse weigh the legal requirement for reporting unsafe practitioners versus the institution’s interest in maintaining its fiscal health by preventing the information from becoming public?
  6. Exercise> CASE STUDIES: Students form groups to report and present case studies related to the practice and ethical issues raised.


A Closer Look: Systemic Issues Uncovered in The Good Nurse: The Enabling Patterns of Dysfunction

The investigation revealed several factors which contributed to perpetuating Cullen’s nursing/murder career for 16 years and 9 different health care facilities.

  • Hospitals were slow to react, understandably fearful of lawsuits, and repeatedly chose laborious and ineffective internal investigations, rather than outside attention from regulatory agencies and detectives. During these investigations, Cullen continued working, and killing patients.
  • Cullen exploited the space between the business of health care and the care itself.  In moving Cullen out of their employ and back into the job pool, many of the hospital administrators who dealt with the “Cullen problem” did their job as business people, but not their duty as patient advocates.
  • The trend toward outsourcing and use of staffing agencies increasingly allowed hospitals to treat nurses as disposable employees, and discouraged recognition or ownership of the Cullen problem.
  • Nurses who voiced concerns with Cullen’s behavior were marginalized, ignored or dismissed. Those who spoke up said they did so at the risk of their jobs. The whistle blowers identified in the book not only left the hospitals at which they had worked, and also the state.
  • Information flow was guarded, making problem solving slow, if impossible.
  • Outside investigators, who usually lacked familiarity with the healthcare setting and terms of art, were not given full information and didn’t even know what to ask for.
  • Family members of Cullen’s victims were sometimes not told of overdose levels of drugs found in their loved one’s bodies, and thus did not request autopsy.
  • Outside agencies, in the rare instances they were contacted regarding Cullen-related incidents, did not communicate with each other, or across state lines.
  • Penalties for non-reportage of sentinel events were rare and minimal, especially compared to  the perception that potential lawsuits would result from admitting to the problem.

The Good Nurse” is available in hardbook, paperback, and e-book versions, anywhere that fine books are sold.