6,000 and Counting!

NursingWriting has just surpassed its six-thousandth visit since its July 2008 inauguration, thanks to you.

We are grateful to the many journal editors who have submitted calls for submissions to us and to the many nurse writers (both scholarly research writers and creative personal writers) who have visited and commented.

Usage stats for the past quarter are interesting.

By far the most visited and read blog posting: a call for submissions from Ars Medica, a Canadian journal of creative writing about health and healing (126 visits).

By far the most frequently “clicked” external link: Ars Medica, a Canadian journal of creative writing about health and healing (57 clicks).

By far the most frequently used search term: some version of “ars medica,” a Canadian journal of creative writing about health and healing (used 66 times).

We look forward to discovering more personal and creative writing by nurses in the future!


How To: Lit Reviews

A brief article “The Literature Review” by Nancy Rivenburgh, associate professor of communication at the University of Washington, in the Mentor Memo feature of Inside Higher Ed for June 10, 2009, offers a concise explanation of the purposes of this genre and some guidelines for writing a lit review. Readers also offer some helpful advice in the comments section of the article.

Chronicle: NIH Is Deluged With 21,000 Grant Applications for Stimulus Funds

According to a report in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education:

The National Institutes of Health has received about 21,000 applications for its main category of grants through the federal economic-stimulus measure, both thrilling and overwhelming agency reviewers responsible for evaluating the proposals and distributing the money.

“The response has been extraordinary,” Antonio Scarpa, director of the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review, said at an agency conference here on Monday.

The numbers are causing concern for the present, as each application requires an average of three reviewers working 12 hours apiece, Dr. Scarpa told agency representatives. And the numbers are a source of concern for the future, as about 99 percent of applications will be denied, and many of those could be resubmitted later, he said.

“This is not sustainable,” he told the meeting of the NIH’s Peer Review Advisory Committee.

The article is on line for subscribers.

Walt Whitman’s Birthday (May 31)

Yesterday, May 31, marked Walt Whitman’s birthday. Whitman served as a nurse in military hospitals in Washington, DC, during the Civil War. Here is an excerpt from his poem, “The Wound Dresser.”

On, on I go, (open doors of time! open hospital doors!)

The crush’d head I dress (poor crazed hand tear not the bandage away),

The neck of the cavalry-man with the bullet through and through I examine,

Hard the breathing rattles, quite glazed already the eye, yet life struggles hard

(Come sweet death! be persuaded O beautiful death!

In mercy come quickly).


From the stump of the arm, the amputated hand,

I undo the clotted lint, remove the slough, wash off the matter and blood,

Back on his pillow the soldier bends with curv’d neck and side-falling head,

His eyes are closed, his face is pale, he dares not look on the bloody stump,

And has not yet look’d on it.


I dress a wound in the side, deep, deep,

But a day or two more, for see the frame all wasted and sinking,

And the yellow-blue countenance see.

I dress the perforated shoulder, the foot with the bullet-wound,

Cleanse the one with a gnawing and putrid gangrene, so sickening, so offensive,

While the attendant stands behind aside me holding the tray and pail.


I am faithful, I do not give out,

The fractur’d thigh, the knee, the wound in the abdomen,

These and more I dress with impassive hand (yet deep in my breast a fire, a burning flame).


The complete poem may be found at:


CFS: Mental Health/Inpatient & Acute Care

Issues in Mental Health Nursing seeks submissions for a special issue: Inpatient/Acute Care Psychiatric Environments

Manuscripts are being sought on contemporary issues in the area of inpatient/acute care psychiatric environments. Potential topics of interest include care quality, patient or family-centered care, psychiatric/mental health nursing workforce issues, consumer or patient perspectives, violence, and seclusion and restraint. Manuscripts may be research focused (qualitative or quantitative), practice oriented, or theoretical or conceptual in nature and may address needs or issues across the life span.

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

Please send all queries and manuscripts to: Kathleen R. Delaney, PhD, RN, PMH-NP, Professor of Nursing, Rush College of Nursing, Phone: 312-942-6208, Fax: 312- 942-2549. Email: Kathleen_R_Delaney@rush.edu


Mona M. Shattell, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Nursing, PO Box 26170, Moore Building, Greensboro, NC 27402, Office Phone: (336) 256-0379. Email: mona.shattell@gmail.com,

Manuscripts must be submitted through Manuscript Central: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/umhn

Instructions for Authors: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t713669522~tab=submit~mode=paper_submission_instructions

APA HIV/AIDS Cyber Mentors/Proteges

The American Psychological Association (APA) Office on AIDS is currently seeking qualified mentors and mentees to participate in a two-year, distance-learning, mentorship program designed to prepare doctoral-level behavioral and social scientists for careers as independent researchers in the area of HIV/AIDS and communities of color. The deadline for application materials is June 15, 2009. This one year old program called the Cyber Mentor Program (http://www.apa.org/pi/aids/cyber_mentors.html ), funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), utilizes state-of-the-art, distance-learning technologies (e.g., webcasts, online classrooms, etc.) to assist mentees achieve three major goals: develop and implement a career development plan focused on building the capacity to conduct independent research in the area of HIV/AIDS and communities of color; conceptualize, draft, and submit a high-quality research application to an appropriate NIH funding mechanism; and, establish a mutually supportive network of professional colleagues with common research interests.

Click Here for Mentor Application Information:  http://www.apa.org/pi/aids/mentor.html  

Click Here for Mentee Application Information: http://www.apa.org/pi/aids/mentee.html

For further information please contact: Umra Omar (Email: uomar@apa.org )

Telephone: 202.218.3596