Sally Cohen appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice

We have just learned from David Keepnews (now former Editor-in-Chief) that effective July 1st, Sally Cohen has assumed the leadership of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice.  Here is the message that we received about this transition:

Dear Friends,

After serving as Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice for almost 10 years, I have stepped down from that role. I am happy to announce that SAGE—with my strong support—has appointed Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN, as the journal’s new Editor-in-Chief. I will continue to work closely with Sally in my new role as the journal’s Consulting Editor.

David Keepnews

David Keepnews

Many of you know Sally, who has served as Deputy Editor since 2012. She is the Virginia P. Crenshaw Endowed Chair at the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico, where she is also Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative. Sally was recently selected by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation as Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies beginning September 1, 2014.

Sally Cohen

Sally Cohen

I cannot think of anyone more qualified than Sally to lead PPNP into the future. Sally brings unparalleled expertise in health policy and nursing, and a tested commitment to moving the journal forward. I look forward to continuing to work closely with her as she steps into her new role as PPNP Editor-in-Chief.

Over the past decade, I believe that the journal has continued to solidify its reputation as an important source of authoritative, high-quality and significant contributions to nursing and health policy—continuing the pioneering work of my predecessor, Carole Jennings, the journal’s founding editor. I am very confident that Sally will carry this work forward effectively and energetically. I am excited about the future of the journal under Sally’s leadership.

Please join me in welcoming Sally as Editor-in-Chief of PPNP.

With best wishes,


We wish David the very best as he moves to a new chapter!  And congratulations to Sally as she assumes this important role!

Lillee Gelinas Appointed Editor-in-Chief

antlogoSILVER SPRING,MDAmerican Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has announced Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN, has been appointed editor-in-chief effective June 1, 2014. Gelinas, a member of ANA and the Texas Nurses Association, has served on the journal’s editorial board since its inception in 2006. American Nurse Today is a peer-reviewed journal owned and published by HealthCom Media.

Gelinas succeeds Pamela Cipriano, PhD,RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who served as American Nurse Today editor-in-chief since its founding in 2006.

lillee“We are excited to see Lillee assume this new role. She has demonstrated dedication and enthusiasm in her long service on the editorial board, and we are confident she will shape its future as editor-in-chief,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We also gratefully acknowledge Pam Cipriano for her leadership in helping to launch and establish American Nurse Today as a respected and valued journal.”

ANA members receive a subscription to the award-winning journal as a benefit of membership.

“Lillee’s amazing passion for nursing and her in-depth understanding of the profession will be a valuable asset as American Nurse Today continues its focus on delivering information that nurses can use in their practice,” said Greg Osborne, HealthCom Media President. “Since her appointment to the editorial board in 2006, Lillee has contributed to shaping our award-winning editorial content. It is also very important to acknowledge Pam Cipriano, whose invaluable editorial leadership skills have helped establish American Nurse Today as the leading source of clinical and practical content in the nursing market.”

“I am humbled and honored to accept this appointment with American Nurse Today,” said Gelinas. “Pam Cipriano’s shoes will be very hard to fill, but with a talented editorial board and an engaged audience, I’m very confident of a successful future. I firmly believe in the journal’s role, which supports nursing practice through evidence-based, practical information, and the platform it provides to reinforce the fundamental role we as nurses play in transforming the health care system.”

Gelinas continued, “Nurses are vital to the care provided today, are well-positioned to help patients navigate the shifts occurring in care delivery, and serve as the hearts and hands of our health care system.  With such an important role, it is essential that we stay in conversation and connected as together we design the paths to our future. American Nurse Today provides an important outlet where the dialogue can occur.”

A nurse leader with more than 30 years of experience, Gelinas currently serves as system vice president and chief nursing officer of CHRISTUS Health, a system comprising more than 350 hospitals, services, and facilities in the U.S., Mexico and Chile. She is a well-respected thought leader and speaker on health care management, clinical issues, and patient safety and quality issues. She has served in various nursing leadership roles, including member of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nursing Steering Committee; member of the board of directors for the National Patient Safety Foundation; member of the Nursing Advisory Council of The Joint Commission; and many others. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Academy’s Nursing Informatics and Technology Expert Panel.

Duke School of Nursing Announces Marion Broome as New Dean

Marion BroomeMarion E. Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a nationally renowned leader in the nursing field, has been named dean of the Duke University School of Nursing. In addition, Broome will become associate vice president of academic affairs for nursing at Duke University Health System (DUHS).

Broome, currently dean of Indiana University School of Nursing, will join Duke on Aug. 1, 2014.

“Marion Broome is one of the foremost leaders in nursing in this country, and we are delighted she will be joining the Duke School of Nursing and the health system at a time of exciting challenges in health care education, research and care delivery, and the need for better integration of these missions,” said Victor J. Dzau, M.D., chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System.

“Nursing is becoming ever more important in the changing landscape of contemporary health care, and Duke’s School of Nursing has assumed a leadership role in this development,” said Richard H. Brodhead, president, Duke University. “Marion Broome is wonderfully well equipped to continue the school’s upward trajectory, and we are delighted to welcome her to Duke.”

Broome has published more than 90 journal papers. She also has published five books and 15 chapters in books and consumer publications, and is currently editor-in-chief of Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.

“Duke University School of Nursing is a prestigious school with a rich tradition of strong leadership in research and education,” Broome said. “It is very clear that the faculty and staff are dedicated and passionate about what they do, and that directly translates to their students and colleagues in practice. I am honored to join the Duke University heath team as dean, and am excited about the possibilities for preparing the next generation of nurse leaders.”

Broome earned her nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia, a master’s degree in family health nursing from the University of South Carolina, and her doctorate in child and family development from the University of Georgia. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Broome was selected as the Outstanding Alumnus for Georgia Health Sciences University-Nursing, Augusta, Georgia, and given the National League of Nursing Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education.

Associate Editor Search: JPMHN


 Applications are invited for the position of Associate Editor,
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

We are seeking applications for the position of Associate Editor within one of the leading international psychiatric and mental health nursing journals.

The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing is an international, peer-reviewed publication providing a forum for the publication of original contributions that lead to the advancement of psychiatric and mental health nursing practice. It publishes papers which reflect developments in knowledge, attitudes and skills, and integration of these into practice. Detailed information about the journal can be found at

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

  • Sound scientific judgment
  • Professional standing
  • Broad knowledge of psychiatric and mental health nursing on an international level
  • Awareness of trends and ethical standards within knowledge dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Previous editorial board and reviewer experience on nursing journals

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.

Applicants should note that this position requires a weekly commitment of time, with additional time for meetings. The Associate Editor can be based in any international location. There is an honorarium available for this position. Ideally, the successful candidate would take over this position in July or August 2014.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a short assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 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, Wiley-Blackwell, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DQ, UK. Email to                                                                                                 

Applications to arrive no later than 16th June 2014

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.

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

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

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.

A Nurse Gains Fame in the Days of Polio

(If you have an extra gift card from Christmas, you might want to spend it on this book. LHN)

from the New York Times.
DECEMBER 26, 2013, 12:01 AM

A Nurse Gains Fame in the Days of Polio


17well_petrowbook-articleInlineIn the years after World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt routinely won polls as America’s most admired woman. But in a 1952 Gallup poll, she was beaten by an Australian nurse, Elizabeth Kenny, popularly known as Sister Kenny.

Today, Elizabeth Kenny is largely forgotten. But thanks to a new biography by the Yale University historian of medicine Naomi Rogers, “Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age of American Medicine,” readers can learn why she gained such fame. And while Ms. Kenny’s work was mostly in polio, which has now nearly been eradicated, her emphasis on the care of individual patients and close bedside observation could not be more relevant in an era dominated by randomized controlled trials.

Ms. Kenny was an unlikely celebrity. Born in Australia in 1880, she became a “bush nurse,” serving a largely rural population. It was World War I that opened up her vistas; she worked as a British army nurse on troop ships and earned the honorific title “Sister,” the equivalent of a lieutenant, for her service. Contrary to popular belief, Ms. Kenny was not a nun.

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