CFS: Abstract/Poster Presentation (Mosby’s Faculty Development Institute)

Mosby’s Faculty Development Institute, January 4-6, 2009 in Orlando, Florida

Call for Abstracts: Have you successfully implemented a facility-wide program to evaluate, improve or re-engineer your existing system? Have you taken an idea and turned it into a reality for the betterment of your department or your students? Have you worked in a collaborative partnership with managed care, clinical research, tertiary care referrals, technology companies, integrated systems, or local or state governments to establish programs? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your colleagues would love to hear how you did it! Share your triumphs and achievements with your own poster presentation.

The peer-reviewed poster presentations are always a highlight of this conference. Posters offer the perfect venue to network, exchange ideas and improve the overall quality of nursing education for everyone at the conference. Presenters will receive special recognition during the conference.

Abstracts for poster applications from teams and individuals are welcome. Deadline for application is October 10, 2008.

To submit an abstract for a poster presentation, please visit:

**You must be a registered attendee in order to participate as a poster presenter. Applications due no later than October 10th**


CFS: Correctional Health Today

Correctional Health Today (CHT), the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal of ACA’s Healthcare Professional Interest section, is seeking quality submissions for upcoming issues. CHT will include articles on a range of correctional health care issues in all areas of corrections adult, juvenile, jails and community/ reentry. All peer-reviewed articles must meet rigorous standards and can represent a broad range of topics including medical and mental health care, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, legal and ethical issues, administration, and public health. CHT is published twice a year and is available to section members in both print and electronic versions. Our review process allows for a thorough analysis by expert peer reviewers with a timeframe that is often less than other journals. Authors should follow the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition, guidelines for manuscript preparation. Submission criteria can be found at or you may contact the managing editor at .

CFS: Ars Medica (creative writing, incl. non-fiction)

ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities is a relatively new literary magazine looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and artwork dealing with illness, the body, healing, and the culture of medicine. ARS MEDICA allows a place for dialogue, meaning making, and the representation of experiences of the body, health, wellness, and encounters with the medical system. Content includes narratives from patients and health care workers, medical history, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. For submission/subscription info, see .

CFS: Neonatal Narratives

Call for Stories from Nurses. If you are a nurse who has worked with babies in the first 28 days of their lives, Kaplan Publishing would like to publish your true story in New Lives, an anthology of stories by neonatal nurses, perinatal nurses, nurse midwives, ob-gyn nurses, nurse childbirth educators, labor and delivery nurses, pediatric nurses, nurse lactation consultants, nurse practitioners, postpartum nurses, and others in the nursing field. Tell us about the babies you’ve cared for, the unique clinical and emotional challenges of caring for an infant, and what you’ve learned along the way. Submission Deadline: September 1, 2008 Send stories to:
Payment: $100 if published, along with a complimentary copy of the book.
Story length: 1,000-2,500 words
Point of view: First Person
Nonfiction: All stories must be true, previously unpublished stories from your personal experience.
Format: Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced
Contact info: Each submission should include your name, address, phone number, and email address.
Remember: Tell a story that has a beginning, middle, and end. Write from your heart about a life-changing or life-defining experience. Be sure to make your story rich by vividly painting the characters, the setting, and dialogue. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions or provide status updates. If your story is selected for publication, you will be notified by e-mail. Manuscripts will not returned. Authors may submit multiple stories. Before final acceptance, you will receive an agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of publication. All manuscripts selected for publication will be subject to editing.
To Submit Your Story
· Typed submissions are preferred, but we will accept a hand-written submission.
· Each submission must include your contact information, including your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, if you have one.
· Each submission also must include a story title and word count.
· Electronic (emailed) submissions are preferred; mailed submissions are acceptable.
Email: In the subject line, cite the story title and the anthology for which the story is intended. Type the story into the body of the email or send an attachment in Microsoft Word. One submission per email.
Mail: You can send more than one story per envelope. Include one self-addressed, postage-paid envelope for each submission. Send only the paper copy of the story; do not send computer disks or CDs. Mail to:
Nurse Stories/Editorial Assistant, Kaplan Publishing, 1 Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10006, USA

Publishing Tips: What Do Editors Want?

Recent queries from readers of NursingWriting have focused on the question, “I’ve been writing ________; do you think the editor of _______ journal would be interested in it?” or “I’ve written ______; do you think that this is the kind of thing that the editor has in mind for the special issue of _____ journal?”

So here are some quick tips about what editors want (based on my experience as an editor of a journal, as a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and as a published scholar).

  • Editors are usually eager to receive new material (unless the periodical is a highly prestigious journal that receives many more submissions than it accepts).
  • Editors want to know that writers have carefully read the specifications of a call for submissions, including topic specifications, length specifications, and format specifications.
  • Editors want to know that writers have actually read their journals, that writers know the kinds of material that their journals publish (for example quantitative studies or qualitative studies, personal essays or reviews), that writers know the format or style sheet that the journal employees. This entails writers’ reviewing a couple of recent issues of a journal or periodical, either on line or in a large library collection (like that provided by your local university).
  • Editors welcome inquiries by writers prior to submission. An email to an editor in which a writer provides a précis or summary of his or her paper, characterizes the kind of paper, and informs the editor about the length is usually sufficient.
  • Editors are often over-extended professionally and may need a follow-up email from the writer after a reasonable time (say two weeks).
  • Editors-in-chief may be enthusiastic about your proposed submission, but still rely on their fellow editors, an editorial board, or peer reviewers for the final decision about whether or not to publish an author’s work. (Authors learn how to take rejection without dejection!)

In most cases, there is probably a venue suitable for the work that you are writing; the key is for you to do your homework in selecting those venues. Most journals will have “advice to authors” or “submission guideliness” on their Web site; if you click on “CELJ” in our Web Sites to Watch sidebar, you will find additional general guidance from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

CFS: Final Moments (Book Anthology)


Experiencing the death of a patient is a rite of passage for most nurses. Share a story about:
* Your first encounter with the death of a patient
* A patient who made a life-changing impression on you
* How you have dealt with grief
* The controversies of end-of-life decisions
* The challenges of caring for people as they die
* The experience of telling family members their loved one has died
There is a $100 honorarium if the piece is accepted and published. Previously published pieces will be considered. Submissions should run 1000-3000 words.
Shannon Berning, Editor, Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-618-2426
Fax: 212-618-2499

CFS: AJN (“Art of Nursing” Creative Writing)

American Journal of Nursing. This peer-reviewed nursing journal includes an “Art of Nursing” department that “seeks to afford art a forum as it speaks to matters involving health and health care. It’s limited neither to work by nurses (although several nurse artists and writers have been featured) nor to work ‘about’ nursing.” Poems should not exceed more than one page in length. AJN pays a $100 honorarium for Art of Nursing authors/artists. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 333 Seventh Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10001