CFP: International Perspectives on Science, Culture & Society (Book Series, Pickering & Chatto)

Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry University), Salman Hameed (Hampshire College) and Ignacio Silva (University of Oxford) are actively seeking proposals for innovative monographs and essay collections for their series: International Perspectives on Science, Culture and Society http://www.pickeringchatto.com/ipscs.

This series brings together insights from historians, philosophers and social scientists and seeks to build an understanding of the social and cultural context of science, technology, medicine and religion. The scope of the series includes studies relating to both historical and contemporary debates, the interplay between science and systems of belief, and all aspects of scientific research, its application and communication within diverse societies worldwide.

If you would like to discuss a project or send a proposal, please contact Sophie Rudland srudland@pickeringchatto.co.uk, Commissioning Assistant, or one of the Series Editors.

CFS: Health Ed Innovations (Book)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for a book to be published in Fall 2014 — KEEPING REFLECTION FRESH: Top Educators Share Their Innovations in Health Professional Education

To be published by Kent State Press in their Literature and Medicine series

Editors: Allan Peterkin, MD and Pamela Brett-MacLean, PhD

Scholars from both clinical and humanities disciplines have linked reflective capacity with key learning goals in clinical education, including fostering empathy, humanism and mindfulness, enhancing narrative and visual competence, challenging the “hidden curriculum” and supporting professional identity formation. Our teaching innovations have necessarily been influenced by our own diverse backgrounds, and for many of us, by unique collaborative relationships we have entered and by what we have learned when we have shared and reflected back on our work. In this volume of short descriptive, readable, personal essays, we look forward to highlighting a broad array of representative methods, processes and themes associated with introducing our learners to the benefits of reflexivity and reflection as they become health professionals.

We welcome contributions describing various pedagogical approaches, along with your reflections, impressions, obstacles and surprises. We look forward to learning about the difference it may have made – for your learners, and potentially also for your educational institution, and clinical teaching sites. This collection offers an accessible view of our various praxis approaches, and also an opportunity to clarify and further our understanding by thinking with and through our own stories as reflective practice educators.

Here are some general (but non-prescriptive) guidelines for submission:

How do you approach reflection in your teaching?

  •  Writing (writing prompts/exercises)
  •  Use of literature (memoir/poetry/fiction), close reading
  •  Theater; performative, embodied reflection
  •  Visual reflection (visual art-based workshops, “looking/seeing”); film/video; graphic medicine); dance/movement; music; art exhibits/-performances
  •  Humor, comedy
  •  Technology (online), social media (YouTube/blogging, etc.)
  •  Portfolios; field work assignments

Which themes do you explore?

  •  Professional identity formation
  •  Professionalism; the hidden curriculum
  •  Uncertainty and ambiguity
  •  Clinical error, patient safety
  •  Challenging assumptions about gender/class/race/ability/power
  •  Clinical/ethical acumen/moral imagination; distress
  •  Clinician burnout and wellness; remediation
  •  Making sense of simulation technology
  •  Naturopathic /complementary and alternate healing
  •  Gender and sexuality
  •  Architecture/contemplation of physical space
  •  Inter-disciplinary exchange/learning
  •  Community building; changing cultures of health care education Describe your processes:
  •  Introducing reflection at different stages of professional development
  •  Fear of reflection, defensiveness, resistance, trust, safety
  •  Faculty development, mentoring
  •  Fostering learning communities in support of reflection; changing learning cultures
  •  Silences, challenges, untoward consequences
  •  Ethical concerns, practices

We are seeking submissions from 500-1500 words on how you encourage your students and colleagues to become reflective practitioners.

How/Where to Submit:

Please send us your submission as a Word/PDF in the following format:

  •  Provide an engaging narrative about how this teaching approach came to you
  •  Offer a clear description of your teaching innovation (with sufficient detail which would allow others to adapt/use it)
  •  Describe impacts thus far/ future imaginings
  •  Describe the clinical/ humanities disciplines informing your approach to teaching reflective practice
  •  Provide a three line bio Where indicated, include:
  •  Appropriate authorization for reprinting of text/images and sample student excerpts should be obtained.
  •  A “top three” list of references/publications/web links/resources if available

Send your submission to: howtoreflect@gmail.com by July 15, 2012.

CFS: Children’s Health (journal & monograph)

Call for Papers 21st Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph | Children’s Health and Well-being: policy debates and lived experience | Editors: Geraldine Brady, Pam Lowe and Sonja Olin Lauritzen

The 21st Sociology of Health and Illness monograph will bring together recent theoretical and methodological developments in the sociology of childhood with research findings on child health and well-being; locating the perspective and lived experience of children at the centre of knowledge production. Children’s health and illness are shaped by perceptions of childhood which can overlook their agency as social actors; such perceptions are often reproduced in health and medical practice. These dominant ideas can be challenged by a more profound understanding of children’s experiential knowledge. The physical and mental well-being of children is shaped by both the mediations of adults and children’s active contributions. Further, a focus on childhood health is an appropriate lens through which to appreciate that children uniquely experience their childhood whilst being part of the structural category of a generation. The monograph will address three cross-cutting themes:

1) Situating children within health policy sets out the significance and pervasive influence of policy in shaping understandings of the lives of children and their families. This theme will highlight the ways in which deviance from a perceived ‘norm’ becomes a matter for concern and intervention where dominant ideas have become uncritically accepted, eliciting various policy and practice responses.

2) Practices of children’s health and well-being focuses on health policy in action through exploring interaction between a range of professionals, parents and children. Parents and professionals are encouraged to play a major role in monitoring and identifying development and behaviour that appears to be outside of the norm and requires formal assessment and intervention. This theme will explore experiences of surveillance and monitoring of children’s minds and bodies looking at ways in which they are increasingly constructed as ‘at risk’, albeit in diverse ways.

3) Children as health actors highlights children’s voices, with a specific focus on the ‘lived experience’ of health or illness. We are interested particularly in children’s experiences of ‘contested’ conditions or health practices. Children’s active participation in the management of their bodies and minds through health-care encounters will be laid bare through the inclusion of instances of negotiation, resistance and re-framing.

Taken together the themes will offer examples of differing contexts and will encourage critical reflection on current and culturally specific ways of knowing and understanding children’s health. We welcome cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contributions as well as international work on the ways in which relations between generations, lay/professional encounters, contexts such as school, home, medical and welfare institutions shape and structure the lived experience of children’s health.

The monograph will appear both as a regular issue of the journal in February 2015 and in book form. Potential contributors should send an abstract of up to 600 words here: g.brady@coventry.ac.uk by 31 January 2013. Informal email enquiries prior to submission are welcome, as are suggestions for shorter contributions that might, with the assistance of the editors, be paired into more innovative submissions. Name and institutional affiliation of author(s) should also be supplied, including full contact details.

Proposals will be reviewed and potential authors notified by 31 March 2013. Short-listed authors will be invited to submit their work by 31 July 2013. Submissions will be refereed in the usual way and should follow the journal’s style guidelines: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/shil_enhanced/submit.asp

CFP: Western Schools Publishing

Western Schools is a publisher and nationally recognized accredited provider of peer-reviewed continuing nursing education home study courses. We are presently seeking authors and content editors to write articles and books for publication. Those contracted will receive financial compensation.

We have writing opportunities in the following nursing topics. Additional topics not listed may also be considered.

Topics: ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, ambulatory care, assessment, asthma, assessment, bioterrorism, cardiac, case management, chest tubes, CHF, competencies, critical care, death, depression, dialysis, diabetes, documentation and electronic health records, domestic violence, ECG monitoring, end of life, ethics, fall prevention, geriatrics, healing nutrition, hemodynamic monitoring, hepatitis, HIV, holistic health, infections, immunizations, informatics, leadership, legal issues, maternal-newborn, medical errors, medical-surgical topics, mentoring, MRSA, neonatal, neuro, nursing management, nursing practice, OB/GYN, oncology, orthopedics, pain management, palliative care, pediatrics, pediatric pharmacology, pharmacology, preceptorship, professional nursing topics, psychopharmacology, rehab, renal, respiratory topics, safety, school nursing, sedation/analgesia, seizures, sleep apnea, social media, stroke, TB, trauma, weight loss surgery, and women’s health.

Requirements: Authors should have a valid nursing license and prior publishing experience. An advanced degree in nursing and five years of clinical and/or academic experience in the content area being developed is preferred. Experienced authors with degrees in fields other than nursing will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Interested candidates should e-mail their CV and a writing sample, along with their contact information to: authors@westernschools.com  Please specify topic(s) of interest. Additionally, if you know of someone else who may be interested, please feel free to forward this e-mail to them.

Amy Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC, Director, Continuing Education, Western Schools, 400 Manley Street, PO Box 65, West Bridgewater, MA 02379, Phone (508) 638-7060, Fax: 508-894-0179, Website: www.westernschools.com

Costa Book Awards, Nurse Newcomer

The Guardian announces today:

An intensive care nurse at Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London will compete for one of the UK’s biggest literary prizes after her debut novel was shortlisted in the Costa book awards.

Christie Watson, who has been a nurse for 18 years, is nominated in the first book category of a prize that unashamedly rewards what judges believe are the most “enjoyable” books of the year.

Watson worked her way up the nursing ladder to senior sister but always harboured literary ambitions. “I’d always wanted to write but I never really summoned up the courage,” she said. “It was always in me.”

The birth of her daughter prodded Watson into starting to write seriously. She secured a bursary for the creative writing course at the University of East Anglia and the result is her novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, which tells the story of 12-year-old Nigerian girl Blessing who has to leave her comfortable life in Lagos to live in an impoverished compound in the Niger Delta.

It is, Watson admits, a long way from her upbringing in Stevenage, Hertfordshire but, because her partner is Nigerian, it is a country she now knows well. “I originally started writing it from the point of view of a white western oil worker and it was really rubbish,” she said.

The book is available in Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook digital editions as well as in print.

CFP: Soc Health, Illness (Monograph)

Call for Paper Abstracts: 20th Sociology of Health and Illness Monograph | http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/shil_enhanced/news.asp
Simon Cohn, editor
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 31st January 2012.
The 20th Sociology of Health and Illness monograph will critically examine the concept of ‘health behaviours’, which is increasingly widespread in both health research and government policy. Whether already an established focus for interventions as in the UK, or only yet emergent, as in some other international settings, health behaviours are presented as self-evident topics for investigation and action. Derived from psychology, the idea that human behaviour can be divided into discrete, stable and measurable categories, and that such actions are merely the result of individual agency and rational choice, is at odds with most sociological approaches emphasising the relational nature of social life. Further, given the complex and diverse ways in which people make sense of issues relating to their health and body, it is often striking just how few of these perspectives are ever acknowledged or integrated into behavioural accounts.

The monograph will assess the limitations of the concept of ‘health behaviours’, including the widespread absence of any discussion of power or conceptualisation of sociality. It will explore whether there are different ways to problematise and conduct research into what people do in relation to their health and their experience of illness. Through both theoretical discussions and specific examples contributors should propose approaches that resist an individualising tendency. Instead they should put forward accounts that go some way to capture the complexities associated both with conventional topics, such as diet, smoking and alcohol consumption, as well as topics not normally conceived of as ‘health behaviours’, such as features of socialising with others, housing conditions and employment circumstances, which have a significant influence on health and illness.

By examining a range of situations and case studies under the general term of ‘health practices’, emphasis will be put on the emergent nature of the actions and interactions of people in their social and physical environment, thereby countering a model of a priori psychological states typically assumed to be the key causal mechanisms to explain what people do. As well as exploring conceptual issues, the volume aspires to describe how the concept of health behaviour has enabled classic clinical research designs and methods to be expanded into new areas of investigation. By proposing alternatives to the construction of behaviours as discrete and measurable variables, novel methodologies and forms of evidence should also be accepted as means of assessing the complexity of ‘health practices’ in context. The monograph will appear both as a regular issue of the journal and in book form. The planned publication date is February 2014.

CFS: Real Stories of Nurses

Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays by and about nurses for a new collection, Becoming a Nurse: Real Stories of Nurses, Their Lives and Their Patients. We’re looking for stories from a variety of viewpoints, and we are hoping you will help us reach your members. Most Americans will be hospitalized at some point in their lives, and nurses will be their most consistent point of contact with the health care establishment. While doctors have long been the subjects of the more glamorous pop culture depictions of medicine, nurses provide the day-in, day-out care for patients and families. But what motivates nurses to enter, and to stay in, this demanding profession, and how are their daily lives affected by ongoing changes in the healthcare system? Becoming a Nurse will present readers with the world of medicine from the perspective of nurses in hospitals, in-home care programs, long-term care facilities, hospices, and the armed forces as they tell stories that recall and recreate the most salient moments of their careers. We are looking for writers who can write dramatically and vividly about this profession for a collection of essays, which will be published by Creative Nonfiction. Essays can be from 2,500-5,000 words but should be written in a narrative form, with scenes, description, vivid characters and a distinctive voice.

To submit, please send your manuscript to: Creative Nonfiction Attn: Becoming a Nurse 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202 Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Please include a word count on the first page of the essay, as well as your contact information and an SASE or email address for response. Any additional questions can be directed to: information@creativenonfiction.org
Submissions must be postmarked by November 30, 2011.

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