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!

 

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

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.  

 

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!

 

INANE 2017 Registration, Website Open!

It is times to visit the brand new INANE 2017 website, where you will find complete logoweblargeinformation on registration, hotel reservations, abstract submission, and more!  The conference will be in Denver, Colorado at the historic Brown Palace Hotel from August 3-5.  Once again this conference promises to be another informative, even necessary event – along with ample opportunities for networking, exploring the local area, and more!

INANE in Cuba! Registration now open!

MEDICC RegistrationWe are delighted to announce that the preliminary planning for the MEDICC and INANE People-to-People education exchange is now complete, and registration is now open! As we shared earlier this year, the date for this trip is January 15-22, 2017.  The final application deadline is August 15, 2016. Deposit, passport scan and other forms due September 15, 2016

Following is the formal announcement just released by MEDICC (you can also download a PDF file with this information)

Join in this unique opportunity for an insider’s view of one of the world’s best kept secrets – the Cuban health care system, with an emphasis on the role of nursing in the system and medical/scientific publication. Cuba has attained excellent health outcomes despite scarce resources, providing a powerful example that wealth does not equal health. Several overarching Cuban philosophical approaches to health will be explored during the exchange, including:

  • Integration of nursing, medicine and public health practice at all levels.
  • Outcomes-based planning and evaluation.
  • Continuous risk assessment at the neighborhood level.
  • Targeted intervention/education based on community needs.
  • Widespread community engagement in health promotion, education and planning.
  • The intersectioality of health: planning programs together with community health organizations, departments of education, transportation, public works, etc.
  • Emphasis on prevention.
  • Interdisciplinary work-groups as a foundation for healthcare teams.

The weeklong program in Cuba will be tailored to participants’ interests and may include:

  • Visit to a polyclinic and neighborhood-level doctor-nurse office; interchange with health providers and patients.
  • Meeting with grassroots neighborhood organizations to see their community projects.
  • Discussions with public health professionals in Cuba to understand the social determinants and risk factors affecting population health in Cuba, and their emphasis on cross-sectoral work.
  • Meetings with health policymakers to compare the challenges faced in the U.S. and in Cuba.
  • Exchanges with professionals involved in nursing journals and other medical/scientific publications in Cuba.

This educational exchange will be limited to 15-20 participants, who will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to professionals involved in nursing journal publication (editors, reviewers, etc.). The group of travelers will be led by a MEDICC staff or board member, who will accompany the group from Miami to Cuba and back.

Travel arrangements and costs:

MEDICC works closely with Marazul Charters, an agency with decades of experience in arranging legal travel from the U.S. to Cuba. If interested in this program, you will apply for the exchange and be notified of your acceptance by MEDICC staff. Then, you will sign a participant agreement form, and send MEDICC a $500 deposit to guarantee your place. Applicants should have passports valid for up to six months after the dates of travel (valid through 7/22/2017). Participants make their own domestic flight and hotel arrangements to/in Miami (the latter is subject to change pending the advent of commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba before Spring 2017). One overnight in Miami will be required on January 14, 2017. The total cost for a 7-day program depends on the number of participants, hotel and ground transportation costs, and program activities, and will be approximately $3,800 – $4,800 (prices are subject to change due to extreme demand for travel and rapid change in the Cuban travel/tourism sector and cannot be guaranteed in advance.) Marazul will confirm the price once all members of the delegation are finalized and the customized program has been arranged.

Cost estimate includes:

  • Pre-trip orientation, webinars and relevant readings
  • Roundtrip airfare between Miami and Havana
  • Lodging for 7 nights, including breakfasts and weekday lunches
  • Full program of educational exchanges tailored to your expressed interests
  • Ground transportation in Cuba for all program activities, including airport transfers
  • A MEDICC expert and a specialized interpreter to facilitate your time in Cuba
  • Health insurance while in Cuba, and Cuban academic visa facilitated by MEDICC

If you have questions please email or call Gateways Program Director Elizabeth Sayre at esayre@mediccglobal.org / (510) 350-3564. The final application deadline is August 15, 2016. Deposit, passport scan and other forms due September 15, 2016.

Here is the link to the registration form

MEDICC Registration