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Remembering Margaret Newman – October 10, 1933 – December 18, 2018

Margaret Ann Newman, PhD, FAAN

On December 18, 2018, Margaret Ann Newman, prolific nurse author, teacher and theorist, passed over to the great beyond. Her writings expanded the nursology horizon over the past 40 years with her thought-provoking work. She advanced the knowledge of the discipline of nursing, and has been a key figure in the development of nursing theory.

Margaret was born on born on October 10, 1933 in Memphis. She received a BA degree from Baylor University. After college she returned to Memphis to care for her mother, who had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gerig’s disease). Having learned from her mother that one can be healthy even in the face of disease, Margaret felt a call to nursing and entered nursing school at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. After receiving her baccalaureate nursing degree, she entered graduate nursing studies at the University of California, San Francisco and received her master’s degree in 1964.

Margaret returned to Memphis and served as UT Assistant Professor of Nursing and the UT Clinical Research Center Director of Nursing. Margaret spent the next 10 years at New York University—first in doctoral studies, receiving her PhD in 1971, and then as faculty. Dr. Newman assumed the position of Professor in charge of Graduate Studies in Nursing at Penn State in 1977, at which time she also organized an international nursing theory think tank. She introduced her theory of health as expanding consciousness in 1978 and published the earliest primer on developing nursing theory: Theory Development in Nursing (1979). In 1984, she assumed a position as nurse theorist and professor at the University of Minnesota, where she furthered the development and testing of her theory, working closely with doctoral students. In the 1980s, she served as a civilian consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General for Nursing Research. Dr. Newman retired from teaching in 1999, yet remained active for another 17 years advancing nursing theory, education, research, and practice through her presentations and publications, including her 7th book, Transforming Presence: the Difference that Nursing Makes (2008). Dr. Newman’s theory of health has been widely embraced around the world and her life will be commemorated in many countries.

For more information, visit these important resources

Nursology.net resources:

A Tribute to Margaret Ann Newman by Margaret Pharris
Health as Expanding Consciousness (HEC) Theory Page
Go to 2016 Newman Scholars Dialogue Page

 Memphis Funeral Home obituary

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the fund for the Margaret Newman Endowed Chair

New Nursing Journals Directory Launches on January 1st

Last summer, we unveiled the “beta” version of a new nursing journals directory, the link to which has been posted on all of the Directory pages for you to preview. We have received very positive feedback about the new Directory, and have made a few improvements – so now it is ready to officially launch!

As of midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 31st, 2018, the current pages to the listing of Journals will no longer be available. The link to the new Nursing Journals Directory will instead be available on both this INANE website and the Nurse Author and Editor site, where the Directory originated!

To use the new Directory, click on the link to the Nursing Journals Directory wherever you find it. From there, you can browse the entire Directory, with the journals listed alphabetically. The new directory is fully “searchable” – enter your search term in the search field in the uper right corner just under the purple title bar!

When you find a journal you are interested in, click on the journal “card” to see a brief description, the name of the current editor, the editor’s contact email, and a link to the journal website!

The vetting process for being included in the Nursing Journals Directory remains the same, assuring users that every title listed follows the standards of excellence for scientific and scholarly publication. We also require that journals listed in the Directory have a significant focus on articles authored by nurses, and focused on the discipline of nursing.

As always, we welcome your feedback and hope you find this new Directory format useful!

People-to-People Initiative

For a while now, a number of INANE members have tossed around the idea of a “People-to-People” program, similar to the model that we experienced in our trips to Cuba.  This type of program requires a leader, a small group of interested INANE members, and connections with individuals or groups in another country who are eager to spend a few days to a week exchanging ideas about nursing journal publishing in our two countries.  One reason we keep advancing this idea is that INANE was founded, in part, on the idea of being “international” in scope, which is why we have a strong record of holding conferences in other countries.  However, even when we do have a conference in another country, we have fallen short of meaningful and lasting exchanges that would strengthen nursing publishing worldwide.  Yes, we have a good time, and sometimes people from outside of north America find our conferences more accessible when held away from North America (which is a good thing) but we still conduct our business in English, with no translation accommodations, and people outside of the North American and predominantly English speaking, Eurocentric cultures still have little involvement, nor do we have any significant involvement with them.

A people-to-people program could begin to address these issues,   All we need is for an INANE member or small group of people to volunteer to start such a program!  Leslie Nicoll and I have posted a proposal on our website –here, and you can download the proposal PDF here. 

We currently have a request from a professor at Manipal College of Nursing, MAHE, Manipal, India, who is very interested in discussing a possibility of such a program.  It would be terrific if this could get started!  If you are interested and willing to explore this, or any other possible “people-to-people” program, let either me or Leslie know!  We have heaps of information to help you get started!  And, the really good news is that this is INANE – so there are no rules or policies that we impose on what you might do – the sky is the limit (at least as far as INANE is concerned!).

We look forward to moving this conversation forward. Use the contact form to get in touch. Thank you!

Take a sneak peek at the new Nursing Journals Directory!

PREVIEW THE NEW NURSING JOURNALS DIRECTORY!

Followers of this blog already know about the valuable “Directory of Nursing Journals” that is a joint project between Nurse Author & Editor and INANE!  this valuable service to members of our discipline provides vital information about vetteed, credible journals in nursing. – a service that has grown in value during recent years when the number of nursing journals has exploded, and includes an unbelievable number of journals that lack credibility.,  Recently we have developed a new format for the Directory and are eager to have your feedback!!  Instead of being broken into several pages, the new Directory comes from a database that includes all of the journals that quality for listing.  The database is searchable – if you enter any search term all journals that have that term in their title or description will show up!   

We welcome you to preview this Directory format, and let us know what you think!

 

Remembering Shirley Fondiller, BS, MA, EdM, EdD, FAAN (1923 – 2018)

We were saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Shirley Fondiller on May 24, 2018 at the age of 94. Dr. Fondiller was the first editor of The American Nurse newspaper, the official news periodical of the American Nurses Association.  Shirley was at the INANE inaugural gathering in New York City in 1982, as seen in the photograph of that gathering below.  In the photo, Shirley is standing to the far right. Although in the years to follow I did not have the good fortune to continue to work with her, I recall meeting her at that gathering and remember her as vivacious and outspoken – in a good way!  My memory is confirmed by a note in her obituary that she kept a plaque on her china cabinet that read “Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History.”  She was indeed widely recognized as an outspoken voice on women’s rights and the need for professionalism in nursing. She wrote numerous editorials and external commentaries calling for higher standards and more rigorous credentialing in nurse education. 

Shirley was also an historian; she earned her Certified Archivist credential from the National Archives and Records Service, and was dedicated to preserving little-known accounts of nursing’s past in journals and books.  Her books attest to her commitment to preserving the history of nursing, and to her passion for high standards in nursing writing:

  • Go, and Do Thou Likewise: A History of Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing, 1877-1979 (here);
  • The Writer’s Workbook: Health Professionals’ Guide to Getting Published (1999) (here);
  • Health Professionals Style Manual (2007) (here) with a foreword by Suzanne Smith;
  • Nursing: The Career of a Lifetime (1995) (here), ;
  • The Entry Dilemma: The National League for Nursing and the Higher Education Movement, 1952-1972, with an Epilogue to 1983 – digitized in 2008 (here).

We join many others in remembering our long-time colleague, and in paying tribute to her many important contributions to nursing and healthcare.

The photo below of the 1982 INANE gathering is also on the “Past conferences” page of this site.

1982 Conference Attendees

Seated, L to R: Unidentified, Elinor S. Schrader (Editor AORN), Thelma M. Schorr (editor, AJN), Rozella Schlotfeld, Dean Case Western University & guest speaker), Sue Hegyvary (Associate dean and Assistant V.P., RPSLMC, Chicago & introduced symposium).Standing, L to R: unidentified, Julie Stillman (Little Brown and Co.), Patricia (Tucker) Nornhold, Peggy Chinn (Editor ANS), Leah Curtin (Editor, Supervisor Nurse), Alison Miller (C.V. Mosby Co), Richard H. Lampert (Appleton-Century-Croft), Shirley H. Fondiller (assistant to the dean for special programs and projects, RPSLMC, and Program Coordinator for the first National Journalism Symposium, April 1981)

Margaret Comerford Freda Award Nominations Open

As the weather starts warming up, and the sun is actually shining, many start making plans for the summer. A highlight of the summer is the annual INANE conference, held to promote 

editorial excellence in nursing. The INANE conference provides opportunities for editors to meet and network with other editors to share their experiences. At the INANE conference editors receive the latest updates in publishing and strategies for ensuring editorial excellence. Margaret Comerford Freda was an editor who exemplified excellence in editorial leadership in nursing. Therefore, in 2012 the Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award for editorial leadership in nursing was established. Currently, the criteria and application for the Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award are available on the INANE website. Please consider nominating a nurse editor who demonstrates editorial leadership in nursing for the Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award. Applications for the 2018 Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award are due April 15th, 2018. Here is the form!

– Julia Snethen, Chair of the 2018 Freda Award Selection Committee

Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN honored by INANE

We are delighted to announce that Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN is the current recipient of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication!  Dr. Oermann is currently the Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing and Director of Evaluation and Educational Research at Duke University.  Dr. Oermann has received numerous competitive research and training grants, has publications too numerous to count, and has served in numerous editorial capacities. She is a tireless mentor of students, nurses, and editors, helping to launch many others in leadership, academic, research and editing careers. She interacts with students and practitioners of nursing at all levels with respect, encouragement, and confidence in their abilities. Dr. Oermann’s editorial leadership is evident in her many editorial roles and accomplishments:

  • Current editor-in-chief of Nurse Educator and Journal of Nursing Care Quality
  • Past editor of Nurse, Author, Editor, Outcomes Management, Annual Review of Nursing Education
  • Interim editor of The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
  • Serves or served on advisory boards of: Nurse Education Today, From Surviving to Thriving, Nursing Forum, International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, Professional Case Management, ADVANCE for Nurses newsmagazine, Nurse Educator, Review of Research in Nursing Education,
  • Peer-reviewer for numerous professional nursing journals
  • Lead Investigator and author on investigations related to predatory publishing in nursing.

Dr. Oermann exemplifies the highest standards of editorial leadership in nursing – advancing quality in nursing literature, nurturing students and practicing nurses as authors, and encouraging nurses who are entering editorial roles.  We are delighted to honor Dr. Oermann as the 2017-2018 recipient of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication.  

 

Honoring M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN

We are sad to acknowledge the death of one of nursing’s great leaders – M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN.  Dr. Fitzpatrick was a prolific writer, mover and shaker. Her work lives on, and stands as a lasting influence on the discipline of nursing. We reached out to our INANE colleague Carol Weingarten, who is Associate Professor at Villanova University, where Dr. Fitzpatrick served as Dean for 40 years. Carol contributed this tribute to their beloved Dean:

M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN was Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor, as Dean of the College of Nursing for 40 years.  When she came in 1978 at 35 years old, she was the only person with a doctorate at the College of Nursing and the only female Dean at a university whose students were originally all male. She proved herself a leader, mentor, mother, advocate, and friend as she built the College of Nursing into a thriving NLN Center of Excellence with undergraduate through PhD and DNP programs, a Continuing Education program, on-line RN-BSN and BSN Express programs and Centers for Global Health and Obesity Education and Prevention.

She personified professionalism, and made professional involvement and professional development key aspects of nursing education.  She founded Villanova University’s chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP-Villanova).  Her support helped develop the chapter into an NSNA designated Stellar School with students and advisor active from the local to national levels. She was honored by the state SNAP with its first Lifetime Achievement Award and by NSNA with the Leader of Leaders Award.   She was an excellent writer and nurse historian, as well as a terrific speaker who could connect with small groups or convention sessions of thousands. The power of her impact was recognized by an Honorary Degree from Villanova University in 2015.

Throughout her illness Dean Fitzpatrick remained connected with her friends, colleagues, faculty, alumni and students.  She died peacefully at home and as she lived, ever Dean of the College of Nursing and a champion for Nursing.  Now, in these days since her passing, we are surrounded by her in the College of Nursing and in the building that she made reality and feel the loss of an extraordinary person and leader.

A mass of Christian Burial was held on September 6,2017.  More information and a fitting tribute to Dr Fitzpatrick was published by Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA President, Villanova University, which is available here.

Just announced! Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice

We have received news that the journal Clinical Scholars Review is now the Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice.  The new Editor-in-Chief is Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAANP.  We have updated the listing of the journal in the Journals Directory.

The Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice is a biannual, peer reviewed publication focused on presenting articles that demonstrate clinical excellence in the application ofjdnp evidence-based practice of doctoral nursing. Articles submitted for consideration discuss clinical practice and patient care; case studies; practice issues, including management, scope of practice, and reimbursement; ethical dilemmas, legal issues, and business practices; and innovative methods of teaching and evaluating advanced practice and profiling the scholarly nature of the clinical practice of nursing. The mission of Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice is to support the advancement of the doctoral practice of nursing.