CFS: Essays, Research Articles, Editorials, Creative Writing (AJN)

American Journal of Nursing is seeking submissions for its Viewpoint column.

Is there a health-related topic you feel strongly about? Is there something you want to challenge fellow nurses to think about?

This column is your opportunity to do that. In about 650 words and in conversational style, your Viewpoint should grab the reader’s attention in the first two sentences, identify the problem or issue, make a compelling argument supported by anecdotes and/or statistics, and leave the reader with a challenge to think or behave differently. While references are not included in this column, authors do need to include sources for their statements for fact-checking by the AJN staff.

AJN will also consider other types of submissions, including:

  • Acute and critical care shorts – We seek manuscripts of six-to-12 double-spaced pages on clinical topics relevant to nurses in the acute care setting. These can be quite narrowly focused and should include relevant research and practical applications.
  • Clinical best practices – We continually seek cutting-edge, evidence-based clinical manuscripts on a wide range of topics across practice settings. Such manuscripts should have a focus that can be handled in depth in about 12 double-spaced pages (excluding references and figures) and include a synthesis of relevant research. Nursing implications and perspectives must also be included. Manuscripts can focus on specific illnesses, treatment options, procedures, or dimensions of nursing care that are evolving from research and best-practice work. We welcome queries from expert clinicians and clinical researchers that focus on their areas of expertise.
  • Original researchAJN seeks to publish original research that is compelling for a broad nursing audience. The focus of the research can be on clinical or professional issues. Peer reviews of research manuscripts include methodological and statistical evaluation. AJN conducts media outreach for the original research it publishes when it’s of interest to a public or broader health care audience. Thus, the original research we publish is widely disseminated. Potential authors should query AJN with an abstract.
  • Reflections are stories about nursing, health, or health care that cause readers to reflect on their own practice. Reflections are 850 words in length.
  • Art of Nursing – This monthly column publishes poetry and artwork, not necessarily by nurses. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of artists and poets, most of whom are also nurses.

Please review our author guidelines for each of these article types by going to: www.editorialmanager.com/ajn  Prospective authors are encouraged to e-mail query letters before submitting through Editorial Manager, that must include an abstract and outline, without the manuscript, to senior editorial coordinator Alison Bulman at: alison.bulman@wolterskluwer.com

Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing

CFS: Hektoen Int’l (Medical humanities)

Hektoen International, founded in Fall 2008, is a journal that explores the interdisciplinary field of the medical humanities. It is published online by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine, a not-for-profit organization promoting medical research and education. The journal is named in honor of Doctor Ludvig Hektoen, a distinguished professor of pathology at the University of Chicago. Hektoen International features articles on the medical humanities from a wide spectrum of global and cultural perspectives as they relate to health and healing. The journal also maintains an online art gallery and library for archiving artwork and articles. Hektoen International accepts for consideration articles that explore medicine and the healing arts through the lens of the humanities, exploring such disciplines as history, art, anthropology, ethics, literature, philosophy, religion, and sociology.

Submissions can include:

  • Scholarly articles written in engaging language for a general audience of the intellectually curious, with references to substantiate research
  • Essays sharing a personal perspective on general or controversial topics, presenting a balanced and thoughtful point of view
  • Personal narratives captivating for their visceral, first-hand experience
  • Short fiction that is engaging in style and thought-provoking in nature
  • Poetry, eloquent and thoughtful, appealing to the conscience and the intellect
  • Art, in any medium, that reflects a uniqueness of style and perspective and that can be either a process, outcome or both

We DO NOT accept research papers, clinical studies, or unsolicited book or film reviews.

Further information at: http://www.hektoeninternational.org/aboutus.html

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.

CFS Book Project: Becoming a Nurse

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. 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.

CFS: Hospital Drive (Creative Writing)

HOSPITAL DRIVE, an online journal launched in the fall of 2006, encourages original creative work that examines themes of health, illness, and healing. Submissions are open to anyone, preferably those involved with providing, teaching, studying, or researching patient care. All submissions are reviewed by the editorial board. Poems, short fiction, personal essays, reviews, photography, and visual art will be considered. See http://hospitaldrive.med.virginia.edu .

CFS: Nursing Ed Perspectives (Research & Creative Writing)

The National League for Nursing’s Nursing Education Perspectives has a page called “EndNote” where it publishes poetry and very brief essays by nurses, about nursing and nursing education. For more information visit: https://www.nln.org/nlnjournal/generalinfo.htm . In addition, Nursing Education Perspectives is always eager for scholarly submissions for peer review. For more information or inquiries, contact Leslie Block, Managing Editor, Nursing Education Perspectives (National League for Nursing). Email: lblock@nln.org

CFS: “Narrative Matters” in Health Affairs

“Narrative Matters” is the peer-reviewed, personal-essay section of the policy journal Health Affairs. Begun in 1999, it publishes literary nonfiction—based on firsthand encounters—that carry a policy message. These “policy narratives” link a story or anecdote to the big picture. They relate a strong incident or anecdote that draws the reader in and puts the policy issue on the table.

How To Submit A Manuscript: “Narrative Matters” manuscripts are submitted online through the Health Affairs Web site at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ha

Manuscripts for “Narrative Matters” do not need an abstract. Submissions will be reviewed both within and outside of Health Affairs.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Well-written anecdotal stories, based on encounters with the health care system, that explore the personal, ethical, and moral issues of delivering or receiving health care today
  • Topics with broad implications for health care that touch on policy issues
  • Unique stories or perspectives with an insider’s view
  • Introspective stories that reveal the author’s evolution in thinking about a health policy issue based on personal experience
  • Stories with dialogue and with a distinct beginning, middle, and resolution
  • A minimum of academic or technical language
  • 2,500 words or less
  • No editorials, op-eds, or commentaries; no footnotes or academic citations

Contact: Ellen Ficklen, editor of “Narrative Matters,” at 301-656-7401 or eficklen@projecthope.org . The “Narrative Matters” section is published with support from the W.K. Kellogg

Further information at: http://www.healthaffairs.org/NM.php

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