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)

In Memoriam: James P. Smith

James Patrick Smith OBE, DLitt (Honoris Causa), FRCN

The world of publishing in academic nursing has lost one of its great pioneers. My great friend and mentor and an inspiration to many, James P Smith – always known as ‘Jim Smith’ – died peacefully aged 84 on 15 June 2018. Jim was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN) and a significant influence on the development of scholarship in nursing in the 20th Century.

Born in 1934, Jim qualified as a nurse in 1955 and as a nurse tutor in 1961 gaining experience in clinical practice, nursing education, clinical management and senior nursing in England. He was the first male appointed to the nursing staff at St George’s Hospital, London. He gained a degree in Sociology in the late 1960s.

In 1973 he obtained a scholarship to visit the United Sates to see nursing education in action there. He realised that the UK lagged far behind. Nursing was taught in leading universities in the US. The teachers were scholars, conducting their own research and publishing in their own and other academic journals. They also complained about the length of time it took to get published. This planted the seed in Jim’s mind which, in 1976, became the JAN. The journal celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2016 (Watson 2016).

One of Jim’s great talents was spotting talent in others. His standards were always the highest, but he was neither flattered by ‘big names’ nor ignored those trying to break into scholarly publishing. Jim liked good writing and never flinched from publishing what needed to be said. In practice Jim implemented many significant changes in the hospitals where he worked: the proper use of Clinical Nurse Specialists; the role of the Nursing Officer; enabling patients to die at home; and facilitating home births.

Jim chaired the Editorial Board meetings of JAN with flair. Firm, hilarious and tangential – but always gentle and at pains to help everyone contribute. All copy passed before Jim and always in hard copy. With a thick HB pencil Jim scored through, underlined, circled, made right-hand marginal comments and with thick arrows in the left-hand margin, indicated where a paragraph ought to go. He had an eye for what should come first and what should be deleted. He also had an eye for accuracy and completeness. A mention of someone by name had to be accompanied by their place of work, city and country; accuracy and completeness, always.

Jim stepped down from being Editor-in-Chief of JAN in 1999 and I had the honour to present him for the degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa at the University of Hull in 2001. Jim came to the RCN International Research Conference in Edinburgh in 2016 where I interviewed him and recorded it. The quality of the recording was too poor to put out under the auspices of JAN, but a podcast is available. Jim’s funeral was held at St Mary’s Fochabers, UK on 21 June 2018. He is survived by John Forde, his partner of 54 years.

Roger Watson
Editor-in-Chief, JAN

Reference
Watson,  R. (2016). JAN 40 years on. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72, 3-5.

INANE Establishes Nursing Journal Hall of Fame

Nursing Journal Hall of Fame Established

Inaugural Class of Thirteen Journals to be Inducted in July

(Boston, MA, June 23, 2018). The International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) has established the Nursing Journal Hall of Fame to recognize scholarly nursing journals that have 50 or more years of continuous publication and sustained contributions to nursing knowledge. The inaugural cohort of 13 journals will be inducted at the 37th Annual Meeting of INANE on Tuesday, August 7th at 1:30 pm.  

The 13 inaugural journals are international in scope and cumulatively represent 978 years of scholarly publication in nursing. The journals are a cross section of professional nursing practice, research, education, and leadership and demonstrate depth in nursing excellence and scholarship through the published literature.

Funding for the inaugural awards has been generously provided by Shirley Smoyak, PhD, RN, FAAN, Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and long-time INANE member. INANE is grateful for her support. Editors and publishers of the 13 journal designates will be present to receive the awards in person at the ceremony.

The 13 inaugural journals, with founding dates are: 1) American Journal of Nursing (1900); 2) The Canadian Nurse (1905); 3) Nursing Times (1905); 4) AANA Journal (1933); 5) Workplace Health & Safety (1943); 6) Nursing Research (1952); 7) Nursing Outlook (1953); 8) International Nursing Review (1954); 9) Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (1955); 10) Journal of Nursing Education (1962); 11) Journal of Psychosocial Nursing (1963); 12) AORN Journal (1963); 13) Journal of Nursing Scholarship (1966).

INANE is an all-volunteer organization whose members include editors, publishers, and others involved in the dissemination of nursing knowledge through the scholarly literature. Established in 1982, INANE hosts an annual meeting and maintains an active mailing list, Facebook page, and Twitter account for its members. Learn more at nursingeditors.com. The meeting for 2018 is at the Liberty Hotel in Boston MA from August 6-8, 2018. The 2019 meeting will be in Reno, NV. For more information, contact us through this website.

How Many Nursing Journals Are There?

A question came up on the INANE Email list about the number of nursing journals there are in current publication. We actually have information on this in the INANE database of journals.

Marilyn Oermann and colleagues did a study on predatory journals, and identified 140 predatory journals in nursing; of those 103 had at least one article published.

In the Directory of Nursing Journals, there are currently 251 journals listed. These have been vetted for inclusion so I would characterize these as quality nursing publications. In the database that we maintain for the directory, there are 307 journals included. The reasons that 56 journals are not listed  in the directory include;

  • Invite sent to apply for review, but no answer so far (n = 19)
  • Negative review (not listed) (n = 4)
  • Not appropriate for the directory (n = 19) <– this category includes publications such as newsletters, also journals not published in English
  • Delisted (used to be in the directory, but not anymore, the most common reason is that the journal has ceased publication) (n = 13)
  • Journal has been reviewed, waiting on more info from the editor (n = 1)
Here are the two citations to the predatory journals studies:

Oermann, M. H., Conklin, J. L., Nicoll, L. H., Chinn, P. L., Ashton, K. S., Edie, A. H., … Budinger, S. C. (2016). Study of Predatory Open Access Nursing Journals. Journal of Nursing Scholarship: An Official Publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing / Sigma Theta Tau48(6), 624–632. https://doi.org/10.1111/jnu.12248.

Oermann, M. H., Nicoll, L. H., Chinn, P. L., Ashton, K. S., Conklin, J. L., Edie, A. H., … Williams, B. L. (2018). Quality of articles published in predatory nursing journals. Nursing Outlook66(1), 4–10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2017.05.005.

When we began the INANE Outreach Initiative last fall, one of our tasks was to broadly review all nursing publications and also review the listings in the Directory. The Directory committee then undertook a major overhaul of the directory, including creating a database for the journals and following up with editors/publishers about the listings (and revising most of them). Thus these are probably the most accurate numbers on journal publications in nursing. Let me know if you have questions or need more info.

Leslie

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.  

 

MEDICC Review Seeks Senior Editor!

MEDICC Review Seeks Senior Editor, English Edition

If you are interested and qualify, apply now!

Application deadline: May 15, 2018

MEDICC Review, an open-access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing work from Cuban and other developing-country health and related professionals, is seeking a Senior Editor, English Edition.

The journal, published quarterly, is indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE, Thomson-Reuters services, CABI Global Health & Tropical Diseases Bulletin, ELSEVIER’s EMBASE and SCOPUS, Latindex, SciELO and Redalyc.

Qualifications:

  • Scientific, preferably health-related, expertise and background.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish, native English preferred.
  • At least two years editing experience.
  • Excellent communications and organizational skills, with particular attention to deadlines.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Power Point and PDF
  • Familiarity with Cuban health system preferred.

Position Description:

 This Senior Editor is expected to:

  • Read approximately 28 original manuscripts annually, (7 per issue, mainly in Spanish), and provide comments to the primary issue coordinator based on MEDICC Review author guidelines and recommendations from editorial staff and international peer
  • Coordinate translation (with set of translators), prepare manuscripts for translation, and edit translated copy of approved manuscripts.
  • Coordinate copy-editing with copy editor, and final manuscript preparation for Executive Editor and design/layout. Once layout is complete, proofread article PDFs.
  • Write draft of quarterly editorial and submit to Executive Editor.
  • Comment on articles for Interview, Feature and Viewpoint sections (edited by other editorial staff).
  • Write quarterly post-publication email alert and coordinate proofing, according to MEDICC Review guidelines as established, and supervise other aspects of post- production.

Conditions of Appointment:

  • This is a half-time position, requiring an average during the year of 20 hours per week.
  • Appointment begins January 1, 2019 (flexible) for a period of three years, with an option to renew. Participation in two editorial cycles will serve as an introductory period, to determine if both MEDICC Review and the Senior Editor are satisfied with the arrangement and work performed.
  • Work will be carried out in any country (preferably in the Americas), with at least one trip to Cuba annually (costs borne by employer, and legal under US travel rules).
  • The Senior Editor, English Edition is supervised by the Executive Editor.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a letter of application and current curriculum vitae to Gail Reed, Executive Editor, at gailannreed@gmail.com If you know someone else who would be ideal, please share this job description.

More about MEDICC Review:

With over a decade of peer-reviewed publication, MEDICC Review now has reached 40,000+ article reads monthly in its digital format, and also distributes a limited number of print issues. Manuscripts are accepted in Spanish or English, and published in English. MEDICC Review also offers an annual scientific writing course for Cuban and other Latin American professionals. The journal is published by MEDICC, a US not-for-profit organization based in California, USA, founded in 1997 to enhance cooperation among the US, Cuban and global health communities, aimed at better health outcomes and equity.

www.medicc.org| www.medicc.org/mediccreview

Critical Care Nurse: Call for Editor/Associate Editor

Call for Associate Editor / Editor

Critical Care Nurse seeks an Associate Editor to facilitate essential editorial tasks and to assist with editorial duties in close collaboration with the journal’s current Editor. This is a unique opportunity for the right individual to assume full Editor duties after an agreed-upon trial period.

CCN is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly journal focused on clinical and evidence-based practice. Published by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses since 1992, CCN provides high acuity, progressive, and critical care nurses with the most accurate, relevant, and timely information about the bedside care of critically and acutely ill patients. The journal’s mission is to keep readers informed about issues that affect their practice and to disseminate reports of evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes at the bedside.

Working closely with the Editor during a trial period, the Associate Editor helps solicit manuscripts, assists in the review process and in managing a group of contributing editors, helps reconstitute the editorial board, and co-develops strategy to ensure the journal’s continued relevance in an ever-changing health care environment. The Associate Editor may be asked to propose topics worthy of an editorial and, in collaboration with the Editor and Managing Editor, help select content for each issue from a pool of accepted manuscripts. Other tasks may be assigned as this new role develops, including the opportunity to become the journal’s Editor after a part-time trial period as Associate Editor.

The Associate Editor role is a contract opportunity and receives an honorarium and an annual travel allowance.

Qualifications

Qualified individuals will demonstrate:

  • Successful track record in research, writing, and publishing articles in established peer-reviewed nursing journals
  • Personal, professional, and ethical integrity that abides by and prioritizes the highest standards of scholarly publishing
  • Project management skills and a commitment to meeting deadlines
  • Effective written and oral communication skills appropriate for developing rigorous, high-quality content, communicating with authors, and public speaking on behalf of the journal
  • A record of collegiality and collaborative interdisciplinary practice
  • Experience in and commitment to mentoring inexperienced authors
  • Comprehensive knowledge about the clinical specialty of critical care
  • Understanding of the nursing profession and its unique orientation to a biopsychosocial perspective of patient care
  • Recognition of issues important to the practice and profession of nursing, especially across the spectrum of high acuity and critical care
  • Longstanding familiarity with and understanding of AACN’s mission, objectives, programs, and initiatives

Interested Individuals

Interested individuals are asked to submit a current vita and contact information for three professional references appropriate to the role, and three samples of their best published work. A brief personal statement also is required that communicates the individual’s interest in and preparation for the tasks described in this document.

For questions or requests for more information, please contact Michael Muscat, AACN Publishing Manager, (800) 394-5995, ext. 533, michael.muscat@aacn.org. Submit your vita, written samples, and contact information to Mr. Muscat as well. Position will be open until filled.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses. AACN’s international headquarters are located in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Founded in 1969, the association has more than 225 chapters worldwide and is working toward a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. Additional information about AACN is available at www.aacn.org.

 

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.

Cyberbullying in the publishing industry

The article in Retraction Watch on March 23, 2017 written by Virginia Barbour, the current chairperson of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) points out a number of concerning events that editors and publishers need to watch.  In the piece she describes the cyberbullying that occurred in relation to a complaint sent to COPE about a manuscript issue.  This escalated to serious and upsetting levels that all of COPE leadership watched and tried to intervene in supporting Dr. Barbour.  It raises issues that could be of concern to nursing editors, namely that we are all vulnerable to email attacks and the incivility that can characterize communications that are lawless and without moral compass.  All journal editors receive complaints, but we should all have a process to deal with complaints and disputes. What would you do if you found your editorial role, your journal, your personal life, under attack from a faceless individual that would go to great lengths to discredit your work?  Despite our processes at COPE, the complaints about articles, authors, data, and interpretations, escalated into ad hominem attacks on the people at COPE, most notably Dr. Barbour.  The article in Retraction Watch was her response to this attack that has occurred over the past year.

Peggy Chinn, Leslie Nicoll, and Charon Pierson (also an officer at COPE) began discussing these issues in relation to the Retraction Watch article.  We believe that the wider INANE group needs to start a dialogue around these issues, protecting the editor role and journal integrity, and acknowledging that while nursing is somewhat insulated from these intense cyberattacks, they could occur.  I invite you to begin this discussion, which will continue in Denver in August at our meeting.  I’m giving much thought to these issues as I begin a three year term as the co-chairperson of COPE with Chris Graf, a Wiley publisher in the UK.  I would like us to continue this dialogue!