JPMHN Seeks Editor

The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing is seeking applications for the position of Associate Editor within one of the leading international psychiatric and mental health journals.

For further information please see attached or follow this link:


Survey: Medical Humanities Programs

For humanities scholars whose work includes teaching, consulting, or research in schools of medicine or nursing or allied health programs, a survey is now being conducted under the auspices of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).

Please take a few minutes to participate in this important data gathering activity:

Impact Factor Update

Impact factor — the metric that purports to calculate a journal’s and an article’s scholarly influence by measuring the frequency of citation — has come under scrutiny for many reasons (not the least, its use as an outsourced proxy for tenure and promotion decisions), but ethical questions have been raised about some journals’ requiring their authors to cite them in order to game the system.

The Nature News Blog reports that a record number of journals has been removed from this year’s impact factor list:

The list can be found here:

Appropriately, the list includes the Iranian Journal of Fuzzy Systems.

Adv in Neonatal Care Seeks New Editor

Call for Editor-in-Chief

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses is currently seeking applicants for the position of Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Neonatal Care. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Nursing a Nation, by Molly Case

Holiday Greetings from UConn School of Nursing

You, me, patients.


UConn Study Abroad Recruits Faculty

UConn Study Abroad Seeks Faculty. Contact

A Personal Note: Passage of Health Reform

Fifty years ago, I sat with parents in the gallery of the United States Senate the night that the first Medicare legislation was voted on. We sat in the front row of the center gallery, directly above John F. Kennedy, the junior senator from Massachusetts, and directly across the chamber from Richard Nixon, vice president of the United States, both of whom were running against each other in the presidential election of 1960.

At the time, both of my mother’s parents were aging, her mother with a catastrophic medical history (she had suffered a massive stroke that left her unable to move, to talk or to eat solid food). Both of them really needed Medicare.

They didn’t get Medicare that night; the bill went down to defeat, not to be passed until 1965, too late for my grandparents, who had died.

So I watched the vote last night in the House of Representatives with a friend who had worked for many years in the Nation’s Capital for an organization lobbying for home health care. Although I know that the politics of the issue are still not settled, I was gratified to see this reform occur in my lifetime (and in my parents’ lifetime)

Ig Nobel Award Winners

Now that the Nobel Prize news has exhausted itself, it’s time for the Ig Nobel Awards, given annually for research that makes you laugh, and then think. Hmmm . . .

Among this year’s awardees in health-related research:

MEDICINE PRIZE: Donald L. Unger, of Thousand Oaks, California, USA, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand — but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand — every day for more than sixty (60) years. REFERENCE: “Does Knuckle Cracking Lead to Arthritis of the Fingers?”, Donald L. Unger, Arthritis and Rheumatism, vol. 41, no. 5, 1998, pp. 949-50.

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE: Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, Illinois, USA, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander. REFERENCE: U.S. patent # 7255627, granted August 14, 2007 for a “Garment Device Convertible to One or More Facemasks.”

As flight attendants might remind us, Please don your brassiere mask first before assisting others with theirs.


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