NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat Shows Results

The Spring 2014 issue of The NLN Report includes an article on the long-term impact on ongoing writing behaviors of the NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat. See here and scroll to page 10.

Of 111 participants, 62 responded to an outcomes survey; of those 61 submitted manuscripts. Eighty percent were published, with an additional 11.5 percent still in review.

More about the fall writing retreat here:

CFS: SAGE Global Qualitative Nursing Research

SAGE Global Qualitative Nursing Research

While weekly there are reports of still another online open-access journal scam, often brought to our attention by Jeffrey Beall’s ScholarlyOA Web site, we are pleased to report the launch of a reputable new online open-access journal from a respected publisher and edited by a distinguished scholar.

SAGE Publications’ Global Qualitative Nursing Research (GQNR) is described as “a groundbreaking new international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal focusing on qualitative research in the field of nursing. The Journal specializes in topics important to nurses: nursing, care, health, and illness. GQNR will publish research articles, qualitatively-driven mixed-method designs, meta-analyses, and articles focused on methodological development. Special sections include Ethics, Methodological Development, Developing the Theoretical Base of Nursing, Establishing Evidence, and Application to Practice. As an open-access, author-pays journal, GQNR will be published online-only, unrestricted by frequency or page limits and governed solely by submissions, editorial integrity, and content value. Of importance, we can also post, with the published article, videos, photos, interviews, appendices, and other supplemental data, and even a non-English copy of the article.”

Edited by Dr. Jan Morse, GQNR seeks submissions. Details here:

CF: FIU Track on Urban Health

Call for Papers for the: FIU Track on Urban Health

Abstract Deadline: October 1, 2014

The Academic Health Center at Florida International University (FIU) is sponsoring a conference track on Urban Health at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association.
When: April 8-11, 2015
Where: The Intercontinental Hotel, Miami, Florida

For Details about the Conference:

Growth and conditions of urban areas directly impact the health of individuals and communities across the globe, presenting both opportunities and challenges to promoting health, wellness, and health equity. Factors that may impact health in urban environments include: characteristics of urban populations and neighborhoods; local governance and politics; the built and natural environments; availability of health and social services; preparedness of local providers; social and economic development; and food security.

The goal of this track on Urban Health is to promote interaction and sharing of knowledge between researchers and practitioners whose work and interests relate to health in urban environments. The track welcomes participants from all disciplines addressing urban health problems, issues, interventions, and policy. Topics of interest are varied and may include:

• How social, economic, and environmental factors influence health among urban populations.
• Innovative models use by hospitals, clinics, and other institutions to address the needs of urban 
populations that are diverse, multicultural, multilingual, transient, and/or aging in place.
• Multi-disciplinary approaches (especially those involving urban planning, transportation, and social/economic development) for addressing health issues among urban population.
• The role of policy, such as the Affordable Care Act, in addressing access to health and social services in urban areas.
• Training and education models that prepare professionals to address the changing needs of urban community in the medical, public health, nursing, social work, dietetics/nutrition, health economics, and other health-related fields.
• How spatial segregation and other neighborhood characteristics contribute to: physical and mental health disparities; access to health and social services; and types of available nutrition.
• Characteristics of international, border, and port cities that influence health and wellness.
• The role that advocacy and community organizing play in citizens’ efforts to promote health and wellness within their own urban communities.

Abstract Proposal Formats
The conference allows each participant to engage in one of the following formats: 1) individual paper presentation, 2) individual poster presentation, 3) informal breakfast roundtable, 4) pre-organized panel consisting of 4-5 individual papers, or 5) pre-organized colloquy session. Please refer to the UAA conference website for full descriptions of these formats.
All abstracts and session proposals must be submitted online using the UAA website. By October 1, 2014 at 12 mid-night Central Daylight Time or 5:00am GMT). Late proposals are not accepted.

About The Sponsor: As Miami’s first and only four-year public research university, Florida International University (FIU) is Worlds Ahead in its service to the community. This special track on Urban Health is sponsored by three academic units that make up FIU’s Academic Health Center:
• The Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, whose vision is to advance and integrate health and social welfare by seeking excellence in education, research, and service for diverse communities and a dynamic population.
• The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, which strives to be South Florida’s leader in providing clinically competent physicians to the local communities, and in discovering innovations in the science and delivery of medical care.
• Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which aims to be globally recognized as the higher education destination organization that is innovative, inquiry- driven and technologically advanced; drawing diverse top-class faculty, students, staff and others for positive transformation of society with a focus on the health care needs of underserved populations.

Questions about the Track? Contact Dr. Nicole Ruggiano at

For questions about the conference send email to:

About UAA: The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service providers. Founded in 1969, the Urban Affairs Association is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. Today, UAA includes over 700 institutional, individual, and student members from colleges and universities throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Write First, Clear Decks Later

Joli Jensen, writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Vitae reminds us: If you’re waiting to clear the decks before you start writing, you won’t get to around to writing:

Letting go of the delusion that things are going to settle down later will free you to figure out how to secure writing time now. If your heart sinks at that prospect, it may be because (like my colleague) you believe you can’t possibly put one more obligation—like writing—into your life right now. The key is to remember that your scholarly work is not just one more commitment. It is not “one more thing.” It is the main thing in your professional life. It is what you need to do to be happy in your chosen field. And it can be a rewarding thing, once you establish frequent, low-stress, high-reward encounters, in a supportive environment, with a project you care about.

See more at:


Brain Pickings: The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Maria Popova, writing for the online Brain Pickings, summarizes the literature on developing an effective writing habit, which includes establishing a place, time of day, and time to write regularly. Details here: 

CFS: Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Alternative and Complementary Therapies seeks manuscripts. The journal’s coverage includes:

  • Integrative approaches for preventing and treating chronic illness
  • Herbal alternatives to prescription drugs
  • Nutraceuticals and their applications in clinical care
  • Food as medicine
  • The biochemistry of natural medicine
  • Practical approaches to creating and expanding a holistic practice
  • Legal matters
  • Medical literature review
  • Acupuncture
  • Clinical applications of CAM therapies
  • Mind-body approaches to disease management

Details here:

And here:

CFS: Point-of-Care Research Series (Nursing Research)

Nursing Research invites papers reporting findings from original point-of-care research studies. Topics include but are not limited to use of devices and information technology at the point-of-care, patient safety issues, m-health, telehealth, system interoperability, design and evaluation of “smart” environments across the health-illness continuum, learning health systems; communication and decision making  in emerging technology-supported point-of-care settings; quality and ethical issues. Papers may be enhanced to include video or interactive graphs using supplemental digital content.  Submissions may be regular full-length papers or research briefs. In the letter to the editor uploaded with submissions, please mention that the paper should be considered for the point-of-care research series.

There is no deadline for submission; accepted papers will be published in regular issues and marked with a banner for the “Point-of-Care Research” series.

In advance of submission, queries are encouraged and should be sent to Dr. Susan Henly, Editor

Information for Authors is available at:

Nursing Research is indexed or abstracted in Medline, CINAHL, JCR Science Citation Index, PsychInfo and Thomson Reuters Web of ScienceSM.


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