Call for Associate Editor: Journal for Nurse Practitioners

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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.

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.

First Non-North American President for Sigma Theta Tau

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, of Potchefstroom, South Africa was installed last week as the first non-North American president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the society’s 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Dr. Hester Klopper

STTI boasts a robust global network with 492 chapters throughout 90 countries; now, international leadership will provide a new perspective for the 90-year-old organization.

“Dr. Hester Klopper’s installation as president of the honor society marks an important step as we become more intentionally global,” said STTI Chief Executive Officer Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN. “She will be an inspirational leader whose global vision will prove valuable now and in the future.”

The role of nurses in influencing government policy and enhancing health systems worldwide are focal points for Klopper. At her direction, STTI has taken the lead in creating the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing, which will meet for the first time in Switzerland in March 2014.

Also central to Klopper’s work is the leadership and capacity development of young scientists. In South Africa, Klopper coordinates the PLUME program, funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), to support the development of post-doctoral candidates’ research.

In her presidential call to action, Klopper detailed the four themes of her biennium of service: servant leadership, connectedness, transformation, and gratitude.

“By their very nature, nurses epitomize servant leadership,” Klopper said. “I am thrilled to see the transformational impact STTI members continue to make on a global scale. I am deeply honored to be entrusted with the leadership of this global organization.”

Klopper has extensive networks in global health, public health, policy development, nursing, and health care. She is the chief executive officer of the Forum for University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA) and a research scholar with more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Learn about Klopper here.

NLN Foundation Announces Spring 2014 Writing Retreats

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The NLN Foundation Announces Writing Retreats for Spring 2014!

Scholarly Writing Retreats Spring 2014
March 21-23, 2014
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
Chapel Hill, NC
Leader: Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

April 25-27, 2014
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
Phoenix, AZ
Leader: Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, BC

Registration Fee: $825 (Registration includes tuition, meals, and two nights’ accommodation at the host site.)

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Thanks to a generous five-year grant from Pocket Nurse Enterprises, Inc., the National League for Nursing and the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education are pleased to continue the expansion of the NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, now in its sixth year.

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Seen in the New York Times…

GIRLS-02-popupA new campaign has been launched in New York City called the New York City Girls Project. It is designed to tell girls they are beautiful the way they are. An article in the New York Times on Monday, September 30 profiled the project which was noted to be the first campaign aimed at female body image to be carried out by a major city.

Margaret Comerford Freda, editor of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing brought the article to my attention because of this paragraph:

City officials cited evidence in The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing and elsewhere that more than 80 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat, that girls’ self-esteem drops at age 12 and does not improve until 20, and that that is tied to negative body image.

Margaret told me that the research they were referring to was done by Dr. Linda Andrist and published in MCN. Her study on Media Images, Body Dissatisfaction, and Disordered Eating in Adolescent Women found that more than 80% of girls over 10 were afraid of becoming fat, and that self esteem dropped at age 12.

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In Memory of Rheba de Tornyay, EdD, RN, FAAN

rheba-tornyay-bwIt is with sadness that I report our nursing editor community has lost another visionary leader. Rheba de Tornyay, Editor of the Journal of Nursing Education  from 1983-1990, and Editor Emeritus in the years since, died in Seattle, Washington on September 27, 2013. She was 87.

Dean Emeritus at the University of Washington, Rheba is described in their memorial as:

Dean, educator, innovator, trailblazer, mentor, collaborative colleague, friend, inspirational leader…all these were facets of a career whose focal point and touchstone was the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she served as dean from 1975 to 1986 and as a faculty member until 1996.

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In Memory of Suzanne P. Smith, RN, EdD, FAAN

It was a shock this morning to open my email and learn of the death of my good friend and colleague, Suzanne P. Smith. The message header just said “Suzanne” and I had a sinking feeling as I clicked on it. My worst fears were confirmed when I read she died unexpectedly at her home in Florida yesterday. Details at the moment are scarce but I am feeling a great need to create a place where all of us can come together to share our memories, thoughts, condolences, and prayers.

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Suzanne Smith, Sandy Kasko, and Jenn Brogan, INANE 2011 in San Francisco

I first met Suzanne back in the 1980s, through committee work for Sigma Theta Tau. I remember being a little nervous about approaching her the first time to introduce myself–she was the Editor-in-Chief of JONA after all! But she was warm, gracious, and welcoming, which are probably three of the best words to describe her. We connected and I continued to turn to her for support and guidance. My editorship with CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing traces back to Suzanne and a column I was writing for JONA on technology. She was a good pal at my first INANE conference (London, 1995), introducing me to others and making me feel at home.

I was with Suzanne (and other members of my Lippincott “family”) on September 11, 2001. I remember crying with her as we watched in shock when the second tower collapsed on television.

When I volunteered Portland, Maine for INANE in 2014 (at the INANE conference in San Francisco in 2011), Suzanne was one of the first people I asked to be on the planning committee. She loved New England (she was originally from Worcester, Massachusetts) and was excited to welcome INANE to her home region. She was full of ideas for the conference and hardly a day would go by where I didn’t see her name in my email box. She was so sad to miss the conference in Ireland this year which made her doubly excited about next summer’s meeting. I can’t quite imagine what it will be like without her presence.

I know that Suzanne has touched many lives and shaped many careers, from students, to editors, to educators, to administrators. Her death is our loss and will be felt keenly for years to come.  Just this morning I was talking with a potential author who wants to submit a manuscript to Nurse Educator. “Let me tell you what Dr. Smith likes,” I said. “She wants useful information that educators can put into practice. She wants articles that are full of new and interesting information. She doesn’t want the same-old same-old and will let you know quickly with a very fast (but polite) rejection. But if she likes your manuscript, her acceptance can be equally fast.”

Please use this forum as a place to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences. As more information is received in the coming days, I will keep everyone updated but in the immediate moment, here’s a place to share our collective grief.

Does a project need to be complete to submit an abstract to INANE 2014?

This past week I was at the 7th International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Research. It was an intense meeting with dozens of research presentations on all aspects of peer review, ethical issues, and dilemmas confronting editors and publishers. More than once I found myself thinking–and commenting to INANE colleagues who were also at the meeting–”This would be interesting to replicate with nursing journals.”

As that thought occurred to me, I realized that many of us might be undertaking research to present at INANE 2014 next summer. That brought up the question: does a project need to be completed to submit an abstract to INANE 2014? Or, is it okay to submit an abstract for a work in progress (or planned) that will be completed by the time of the meeting next summer?

The short answer: yes, it is okay.

I realize that we are quite far ahead in our planning and call for abstracts. People may very well have ideas for projects that are ongoing or even in an early planning stage. If you anticipate that it will be complete by July 2014, please go ahead and submit your abstract now (remember, the closing date for the call is December 31, 2013). It can be written to reflect anticipated outcomes and then updated closer to the time of the conference with the actual information.

I have had many people contact me about the call, asking about topics and potential presentations. My answer is always the same: the INANE planning committee welcomes presentations and posters on just about anything, as long as it relates to dissemination of nursing knowledge through the published literature. Let your imagination be your guide–our goal is for diversity and variety in all presentations and posters.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The Feedback Form at the INANE website is a quick and easy way to get in touch.

Leslie Nicoll, Chair

INANE 2014 Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl, Suzanne Smith

Marilyn Oermann to Receive Award for Excellence in Nursing Education

Duke University School of Nursing Scholar Dr. Marilyn Oermann to be Honored with

the Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education

from Sigma Theta Tau International

Durham, NC…Dr. Marilyn Oermann, director of evaluation and education research at Duke University School of Nursing is the recipient of the Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education by the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing. The award, named in honor of one of the five founding members of STTI, is awarded every two years and pays tribute to excellence in teaching, significant contributions toward advancing the science of nursing and influencing the professional practice and public image of nursing.

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Interesting Podcast with Jeffrey Beall

Thanks to Tom Long, who brought this podcast to my attention via the INANE listserv. Stewart Wills of the Scholarly Kitchen interviews Jeffrey Beall, librarian the the University of Colorado, Denver who maintains the blog, Scholarly Open Access. Jeffrey is also going to be speaking at INANE 2014 in Portland, ME next summer.  From the website:

In this episode, we talk with librarian Jeffrey Beall of the University of Colorado, Denver — who maintains a celebrated scholarly publishing “hall of shame,” the list of predatory open access publishers and journals and blogs regularly at scholarlyoa.com — about the inherent vulnerability of gold open access to scams and fraud, the potential pitfalls of article-level metrics, and where his research on the scholarly publishing environment is headed.

Note that near the end of the podcast, Jeffrey mentions doing research on predatory journals in nursing–that is specifically for INANE. He is going to be on sabbatical at the beginning of 2014, doing research on predatory publishers and journals. He will be presenting his findings (among other things) at the conference.