Summer Mode

With the end of the academic year, postings on the NursingWriting blog will be less frequent.

You are probably shifting gears right now after the end of a busy (and, I hope, productive academic year), but summer is a good time to get some mileage on your writing. Don’t slip into neutral for the next three months!

Here’s what I’m working on for the next three months:

  • Turning a conference podium paper that Jennifer Telford and I have presented into an article manuscript. (We are looking at gendered spaces and gendered pages of published American Civil War nurse narratives.)
  • Completing two chapters for two reference books (one related to religion in the American South prior to the Civil War, the other related to Christian theologies about slavery in the antebellum period).
  • Preparing a conference paper that I will present at a global health conference at Oxford.
  • Continuing a review of the literature concerning the question: What are the facilatators and inhibitors of faculty scholarly productivity in clinical practice-based academic disciplines?

That should keep me off the streets and out of trouble.


CFS: Disasters & Emergencies (Nursing & Health Sciences)

Special Edition of Nursing & Health Sciences, December 2009

Disasters and Emergencies: Preparing, Managing, and Experiencing

Submissions are invited for a special edition of Nursing & Health Sciences in December 2009 when we will devote space to this critical and contemporary theme. We hope to assist health professionals, policy makers, governments and non-government agencies around the world to help communities and countries be better prepared to avoid or manage disasters and emergencies, either man-made or natural. Many countries are working to learn how to evaluate actions, policies and procedures in the aftermath of emergencies or disasters, and to research health effects of these on people and communities. So we want to raise awareness, stimulate debate, encourage research, and learn from one another about how to educate and prepare well for the future. Contributions can include research, review and student papers, book reviews, special reports, and short stories from the field. Content should focus directly on some aspect of the theme in relation to nursing and the health sciences. Remember to comply with all Author Guidelines available on our homepage http://blackwellpublishing/com.NHS

 Research articles should be no longer than 4,000 words; review articles 6,000 words; special reports 2,000 words; and book or video reviews on material related to the theme, 750 words. Short stories from the field are also welcome (1500 words), describing personal accounts of work in a disaster or emergency situations, or survivor accounts that have a focus on learning for the future. Photographs are welcome, but the cost of printing color photos will be the responsibility of the author(s). Manuscripts must be submitted online at  no later than June 15, 2009. For survivor accounts submitted from those without internet access, you can post these to:

NHS Editorial Office, Faculty of Health Sciences, Yamaguchi University, 1-1-1 Minami-Kogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi, 755-8505, Japan

or Fax +81 (0)836 22 2812

If you have any queries about your submission for this Special Edition, please email the journal’s editorial office:

Performance: Honoring Nursing with Dance and Stories

HONORING NURSING with Dance and Stories

Celebrate the work of nurses and the nursing profession during three evenings of dance and readings.

Verb Ballets, Cleveland’s National Repertory Dance Company, performs “Lift. Breathe. Carry.” – based on the works of Jeanne Bryner, R.N., B.A., C.E.N. – “Tenderly Lift Me – Nurses Honored, Celebrated, and Remembered” and other works.

Cortney Davis, R.N., M.A., A.N.P. – readings from her latest book “The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing.”

Akron 7 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2009, Akron Art Museum, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, RSVP: or 330.376.9186 x 229 to get tickets

Cleveland 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2009, Trinity Cathedral, Cathedral Hall, RSVP: Center for Literature, Medicine and Biomedical Humanities, 330.569.5380

Pittsburgh 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2009, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts, Center Black Box Theatre, RSVP: required, Consortium Ethics Program, 412.647.5832 or

All events are free and open to the public on a space-available basis. Reservations recommended.

Presented by the Hiram College Center for Literature, Medicine and Biomedical Humanities. For more information, contact the Center at Hiram College 330.569.5380, .

CFS: Journal Issue on Healthcare Disparities

The Drew University Journal of Medical Humanities (DMH) is looking for submissions for its second edition on the topic of healthcare disparities.

Suggested threads include:

• Health/illness/access to care and social disparities (e.g.: urban versus rural communities)

• Health/illness/access to care and racial/ethnic disparities

• Heath/illness/access to care and socioeconomic disparities

• Health/illness/access to care and disparities with regard to other demographic information (e.g.: gender, age, etc.)

• Healthcare as a right

• Social justice v. market justice

• Health care reform that might respond to or rectify the above disparities

We welcome discussions on these topics from the standpoints of bioethics, public health, medical anthropology, health policy, medical narrative, and history of medicine. As medical humanities is highly interdisciplinary, we encourage submissions from whatever your field of expertise. We hope this edition of DMH will offer a greater understanding of the issues that we face as a national community in trying to determine what health care justice encompasses.

Mission Statement: The Drew University Journal of Medical Humanities (DMH) publishes peer- reviewed, original research of an interdisciplinary nature, aimed at breaking down conventional boundaries, bridging the gaps between the humanities, social science, technology, medical education, and public policy, and inviting an honest discussion about the human experience of illness and the need for a more humane approach to health care. DMH, like the field of Medical Humanities as a whole, is committed to infusing medical education and practice with ethical, historical, social, and cultural meaning. DMH engages and informs scholars across all disciplines, health care professionals, health care consumers, medical educators, and policy-makers. Giving a platform to a range of diverse voices, DMH publishes articles that advance the work of Medical Humanities in general as well as articles that focus on special issues or symposia topics. Submitted manuscripts undergo a rigorous peer-review and editorial procedure to ensure the academic integrity of all published work.

Please send a statement of intent to Managing Editors Elizabeth Fehsenfeld ( and Katie Grogan (

Manuscripts should be submitted no later than June 12, 2009 and will be reviewed by members of the editorial advisory board. Manuscripts should be formatted in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, with one inch margins and twelve point font, and should not exceed 3500 words. All copy, including quotations, footnotes, and references should conform to the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style, Fifteenth Edition.

Please include a cover sheet with: name, title, address, phone number, email address, affiliation. Submissions can be emailed to the managing editors or mailed to:

Editor—Drew University Journal of Medical Humanities Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Drew University Madison, New Jersey 07940-4000

Conference: Narrative Medicine Workshop (Venice)

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Program in Narrative Medicine, Venice, Italy

20th – 22nd September 2009

Canossiano Institute



  • Develop the narrative competence to nourish empathic doctor-patient relationships
  • Learn narrative communication strategies for patient-centred and life-framed practice
  • Build habits of reflective practice that enhance professionalism and nurture clinical communities
  • Acquire pedagogic skills to teach methods of narrative medicine
  • Replace isolation with affiliation, cultivate enduring collegial alliances, and reveal meaning in clinical practice

The workshop, reserved for 48 participants, will offer rigorous skill-building in narrative competence. Participants will learn effective techniques for attentive listening, adopting others’ perspectives, accurate representation, and reflective reasoning. Plenary sessions will focus on reconceptualizing empathy, narrative ethics, bearing witness, and illness narratives. Small group seminars will offer firsthand experience in close reading, reflective writing, and autobiographical exercises. Participants will receive a packet of readings prior to the conference that will include seminar articles in the field of narrative medicine by leading educators. The workshop will be led by an international faculty from:

  • Columbia University’s Program in Narrative Medicine, New York, USA(Craig Irvine, Maura Spiegel)
  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (Allan Peterkin)
  • George Washington University Medical Center, Washington D.C., USA(Linda Raphael)
  • Technion, Haifa, Israel (Shmuel Reis)
  • University of Milan, Milan, Italy (Lucia Zannini)

Held at the Canossiano Institute of Venice this 3 days workshop will provide opportunities for individual consultations with faculty, shared meals, informal social gatherings, and access to the cultural offerings of the City of Venice.



We are applying for European Medical Credits (recognized by the United States Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and Italian Medical Credits.


Tuition (includes syllabus, simple lunches, one welcome dinner, and literary readings) is Euro 650,00 for all participants. You can register directly online using our online registration form: or you can previously contact us at should you need further information. Once your position is secured, you will receive confirmation and further details.


All plenary and small group sessions will take place in the Canossiano Institute’s conference rooms in Venice City.

ISTITUTO CANOSSIANO – Fondamenta de le Romite -Dorsoduro 1323 – 30123 Venice –


Webinar: Write about Everyday Practice

Kathleen T. Heinrich RN, PhD is hosting a Sigma webinar entitled “Write about Your Everyday Practice: A Starter Kit” on May 21st at 4 pm EST.

Do you have something you want to write? Not sure where to begin? Whether it is an article for publication or a narrative for clinical advancement, this webinar will get you started. After our interactive session, you will have the self confidence, the know-how and the support to write about the amazing things you do. As writing brings new insights into your professional experiences and spreads the word about the changes you care about, you will make it part of your clinical, teaching or leadership practice. Just in time for anyone planning summer writing projects. Sigma members get a discount.

To find out more, go to . Kathleen T. Heinrich RN, PhD, Speaker, Consultant on Passionate Scholarship & Zestful Workplaces Author, A Nurse’s Guide to Presenting and Publishing: Dare To Share (2008)

CFS: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Special Issue on Violence Exposure

Issues in Mental Health Nursing seeks submissions for a special issue:

Violence Exposure in Children, Adolescents, and Women: The Lived Experience

Manuscripts are being sought on issues related to the pervasive community violence experienced by children, adolescents and women internationally. Potential topics of interest include the impact of violence exposure on child and adult development and mental health; the role of interdisciplinary health care providers in screening and intervening after exposure to violence; the economic impact of violence exposure; variations of violence exposure by socioeconomic status and within ethnic/racial groups; and description of a culture in which violence is the norm. Manuscripts from international researchers or that describe international populations are also welcome. Manuscripts may be research-focused (qualitative or quantitative), practice-oriented, or theoretical/conceptual in nature and may address needs or issues across the life span.

Deadline: Manuscripts must be received by June 1, 2009.

Please send all queries and manuscripts to:

M. Cynthia Logsdon, DNS, ARNP, FAAN, Guest Editor, Special Issue

Professor of Nursing; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine; Associate Faculty, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

University of Louisville

555 South Floyd Street HSC K Building

Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Office Phone: (502) 852 5366


Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through Manuscript Central:

Author Guidelines: