CFS: Nursing Engagement (Nursing Administration Quarterly)

Nursing Administration Quarterly Upcoming Issue Topics 2008 to 2010

Topic   Vol.    Deadline Date    Issue Editor(s)

Creating A Culture of Nursing Engagement, Vol. 33:4, May 1, 2009, Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, Issue Editor

Engagement in one’s work is what all leaders strive to achieve for their organization. In 2007, the Gallop Organizations released the results of 10,000,000 workplace interviews related to employee engagement. One portion of the results, shared at the 2006 Magnet Conference in Denver, CO., showed that nurses as well as other employees in Magnet hospitals were more engaged in their work than were nurses and other employees in hospitals that did not have such designation.

How do Magnet organizations relate to the elements the Gallup Organization uses to determine engagement? What are the implications for various aspects of professional advancement? Should educational programs prepare leaders in different ways to accommodate and capitalize on engaged workers? How effective can shared governance be in helping an organization be successful? How does modeling affect engagement and excellence? Do special roles exist that help bring about the critical changes for engaging nurses in their work?

The future can be shaped in a more productive way by informing and developing the leaders who will create the workforce, who will lead the workforce, and who will be the workforce.

Manuscripts submitted should focus on:
• Models of excellence in professional practice
• Shared governance
• Clinical nurse specialists as change agents
• Partnerships for change
• Unit level involvement
• Translational research

Unsolicited manuscripts may be sent directly to the editor according to author guidelines. Author guidelines are available at  Barbara Brown, Editor-in-Chief, Nursing Administration Quarterly, 63430 E. Desert Mesa Ct., Tucson, AZ. 85739, 520-825-5629 or cell 520-360-5460


CFS: Medical Humanities (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference)

PCA/ACA AREA: Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture
New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana
April 8-April 11, 2009The “Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture” PCA/ACA area examines a wide variety of topics related to the experiences of human beings pursuing health and living with illness. Interdisciplinary proposals representing humanities and the arts (e.g., literature, history, film, visual arts) or social sciences (e.g., anthropology, cultural studies, sociology) perspectives through historical or contemporary contexts are welcome. This area emphasizes the pursuit of humane health care and the exploration of the social and cultural contexts in which health care is delivered for individuals or specific groups.
Subject areas might include:
–the portrayal of health care and public policy issues in the mass media. Health care stories of patients’ experience of disease;
stories of health professionals conducting research or working with patients.
–how stories of chronic and infectious diseases (including global perspectives) are told in popular media and in literature.
–narratives of illness presented in literature (novels, short stores, memoirs) written by patients or health professionals that explore the personal experience of illness.
–how pharmaceuticals, alcohol, or tobacco are presented in the mass media and literature.
–historical or recent depictions of infectious diseases and epidemics, disasters or calamities, in the context of public health consequences for popular audiences. Especially welcome are proposals addressing health problems that New Orleans confronts in
the context of Hurricane Katrina.
–representations of health institutions (e.g. HMO’s, hospitals, neighborhood drugstores or clinics, government agencies) in the mass media).
–technological innovations and their relation to popular audiences (e.g., x-rays, robotics in medicine).
–healing in non-western societies; alternative care in the United States.
–the promotion of health through diets, exercise, domestic or public health sanitation campaigns.
Contributions from interdisciplinary and single disciplines are welcome. Individual or full panel proposals are considered.
DEADLINE: November 30, 2008. Please send abstracts of 250 words to
Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman
Snail Mail Address:
Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman
Professor of Political Science and American Studies School of Arts and Sciences
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Fax: 617-732-2801
Phone: 617-732-2904

Job Coaches

In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (26 Sept. 2008) entitled “Job Coaches Help Professors Get Back on Track,” Audrey Williams June explores the use of private career coaches for scholars who are stuck.

The article’s concluding points (danger signs?) are worth considering:

Junior professors, midcareer faculty members, and even the most seasoned of academics sometimes need help with managing at least one aspect of their careers. Here are a few signs of when you might need to give a faculty coach a call:

  • You’re mired in a departmental battle.
  • You can only work under deadline pressure.
  • You’ve allowed teaching and service work to take up all of your time.
  • You’re a chronic procrastinator.
  • You start papers but never finish them.
  • You’re baffled by putting together a promotion and tenure portfolio.
  • You can’t find time to do research.
  • You avoid writing at all costs.
  • You’re not clear on the expectations for tenure.
  • You need help maintaining momentum.

The article is available on line for subscribers.

Abstracts: Geriatric Nursing, Education, Simulation Conference

Call for Abstracts

Geriatric Nursing, Education, and Clinical Simulation
April 2-3, 2009
Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center
Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC USA
Connecting the Dots
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Flinders University School of
Nursing and Midwifery located in Adelaide, Australia invite you to submit an abstract to this international
conference that will address the growing need for nurses with geriatric nursing competencies. The core
mission of this conference is to share innovations, new initiatives, trends, and research in geriatric
nursing education. Individual peer-reviewed paper presentations and poster sessions related to trends
and innovations in geriatric nursing education will be featured. Notice of acceptance will be no later
than January 15, 2009. Presenters must register for the conference by February 1, 2009 to be included
in the program.
Submission Guidelines
Submit abstracts to e-mail address: between September 15, 2008 and
November 15, 2008
. All abstracts must be camera-ready and include a separate cover page.
Cover Page
• List each author in order with name, credentials, employer, city, state, country, contact
address, e-mail, telephone number, and fax number for each author
• Indicate contact author
• Indicate abstract content area:
A. Trends in aging: effects on nursing education
B. Innovations in geriatric nursing education
C. Preparing the new nursing workforce in geriatric nursing education (emphasis
on research-based methodologies)
D. Integrating simulation and other technologies into geriatric nursing curriculum
E. Academic clinical partnerships in best practice geriatric nursing care
Abstract Instructions
• Center the title in caps at top of page with the author(s) and affiliation(s) below the title
• Must be in English, maximum 350 words, 12 pt. Times New Roman font
• List four keywords at the bottom of the abstract
Details about the conference will be posted to the Connecting the Dots website at

Medical MacArthur Fellows

Announced in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the new MacArthur Fellows include several working in medicine, health, and medical humanities:

Regina Benjamin, 59, founder and chief executive of Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, in Bayou La Batre, Ala. She is a rural family physician forging a model of compassionate and effective medical care in one of the most underserved regions of the United States.

Wafaa El-Sadr, 58, director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She is an infectious-disease specialist who has developed a multipronged approach to treating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Susan Mango, 47, professor, department of oncological sciences, University of Utah. She is a biologist who synthesizes approaches from genetics, genomics, ecology, and embryology to understand how complex organs are formed.

Diane Meier, 56, professor, departments of geriatrics and internal medicine; director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute; and director, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York. She is a geriatrician who is shaping the field of palliative care and making its benefits available to millions of Americans suffering from serious illness.

Peter Pronovost, 43, professor, department of anesthesiology and critical-care medicine, and director, Quality and Safety Research Group, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a physician who devises life-saving clinical practices that are improving patient safety in hospitals across the United States.

Nancy Siraisi, 76, historian, in New York. She is a scholar of medicine whose erudite and insightful works have opened up new areas of inquiry within medieval and Renaissance history.

Sally Temple, 49, scientific director, New York Neural Stem Cell Institute, in Albany, N.Y. She is a developmental neuroscientist who traces the mechanisms by which embryonic progenitor cells divide into highly specialized neurons and support cells.

Rachel Wilson, 34, assistant professor of neurobiology, Harvard Medical School. She has expanded on her initial training in neuropharmacology to develop a systems-level approach to understanding sensory physiology.

The foundation’s Web site:

CFS Nursing Admin Q (Innovation in Transforming Orgs)

Nursing Administration Quarterly

Topic: Innovation in Transforming Organizations

Vol./Issue       Vol. 33:3, Deadline date for January 15, 2009, Issue Editor(s) Tim Porter O’Grady and Kathy Malloch, Issue Editors

Nurse executives often find themselves confronting painful and challenging transformations in organizations. Relief can be found in knowledge management. Education for innovation is the key to developing a model  to transcend the ages, which evolve from the industrial age to the current information age. New partnerships for innovation are formed with nursing and business and necessitate complex communications and policy innovation. When transformation fails, what is the rationale, costs and outcomes? What does it cost the organization and the community if transformation is avoided?

Diffusion of healthcare innovations is addressed through creating a critical mass of early adopters. Giving up the past is hard and implementing innovations may be harder. This issue will include managing change through resistance management, guiding leaders to give up outdated practices and embrace innovation. Simulation innovation can lead to transforming practice, regulation, and education. An On-the-Scene will consider the partnership of a graduate program in health care innovation, students, and health care organizations emphasizing entrepreneurship and organizational interrupt, premiering structure and process, creating a framework for innovation in immersion, maximizing the innovative experience.

Unsolicited manuscripts may be sent directly to the editor according to author guidelines. Author guidelines are available at  Barbara Brown, Editor-in-Chief, Nursing Administration Quarterly, 63430 E. Desert Mesa Ct., Tucson, AZ. 85739, 520-825-5629 or cell 520-360-5460

Research Tip: New Networking Web Site

An article in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education announces the inauguration of a new academic networking site, .

The article notes that:

Richard Price, a research fellow at the University of Oxford’s All Souls College, is blasting an e-mail plea to every academic mailing list and blog that he can find asking academics to sign up for his new online directory of researchers worldwide. His goal is to create an online guide to who’s doing what, and where, so scholars can share information and collaborate. The site,, is the latest effort to create a Facebook-like social network specifically designed for researchers. Others include Graduate Junction and Labmeeting.

The Labmeeting site seems more useful to nurse scientists while Graduate Junction seems more multidisciplinary (and oriented toward graduate students).