Nursing @ MLA

Typically you wouldn’t expect to find nurses at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association (the MLA, celebrating its 125th year). But then, normally you wouldn’t expect to find a professor of English appointed to a school of nursing either, but I am one.

The times they are achangin’ and interdisciplinarity is the key word. This year’s MLA theme is Translation, and among the Presidential Theme panels is a special session on translational medicine featuring Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Connecticut, and Elizabeth Lee, PhD, RN, a recent UConn graduate.

Dean Bavier will offer a historical analysis of the forms of translation that nurses, the modern nursing profession, and nursing theory have engaged in. Dr. Lee will present her work on translating into Chinese the Beck Postpartum Depression Screeing Scale.

The session will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, from 9:00 to 10:15 pm, in room 308 of the Philadelphia Marriott.


CFS: Healthcare Management (special issue, J Management & Organization)

Journal of Management & Organization (Published by eContent Management in association with The Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management)

Healthcare Management: Progress, problems and solutions (Special Issue : 08/11)

Edited by : Y.Brunetto, (SCU), R. Farr-Wharton (USC) and K. Shacklock (GU), R.Beatie (Glasgow Caledonia)

The Journal of Management & Organization (JMO) is currently seeking academic papers for this Special Issue. Submitted papers should provide a greater understanding of the complexity of healthcare management in either the public or private sectors, with particular emphasis on capturing the HRM issues emerging for healthcare managers in the 21st Century. Healthcare managers face many challenges in delivering quality healthcare. Numerous OECD countries face a challenge in retaining healthcare professionals – particularly doctors and nurses. In the case of Australia, the nurse shortage is equivalent to 3% of the practicing registered nurses, which is approximately 10,000 nurses, just to meet present demand. The situation is similar for medical practitioners. This predicament is exacerbated by the aging population and the high percentage of older healthcare professionals working in the system. Past research has identified that healthcare professionals reporting dissatisfaction with management policies and practices have a 65% higher probability of leaving than those reporting satisfaction, plus the retention of skilled employees is a key factor affecting organisational effectiveness.

The special issue invites research contributions about the factors affecting the retention of professional healthcare workers and the factors affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system.

Included below are examples of possible topic areas:

  • The challenges associated with managing different age cohorts of healthcare workers
  • The challenges associated with attracting, recruiting and/or retaining healthcare workers
  • SHRM issues in healthcare management practice
  • The link between healthcare workers level of job satisfaction and client’s level satisfaction
  • The quality of management practices in healthcare
  • The value of employing particular age cohorts of healthcare workers

Submissions: Abstracts addressing one or more of these themes/topics or further questions should be emailed to a guest editor – Yvonne Brunetto, by 2 March 2010. Manuscript submissions are invited by the submission deadline, observing the Author Guidelines. All papers will undergo a double or triple-blind peer review process. The special issue will include 6-8 articles of approximately 8,000 words each, and will publish in the Journal of Management and Organization volume XX/Y (August 2011).

The journal’s Web site:

CFP: Communication, Med & Ethics (COMET) Conference

Call for Papers for the 8th international interdisciplinary conference on COMMUNICATION, MEDICINE AND ETHICS (COMET) to be held in Boston, MA USA, June 28 – June 30th, 2010

The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and administrators from different disciplines concerned with issues of communication and ethics in the fields of health care and the human and social sciences. The conference is hosted by the School of Public Health and Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. We would like to invite abstracts and proposals to be submitted online by 31st January 2010. The All abstract submissions will be online. Please visit  for further details regarding submission procedure, registration, program of events etc. If you would like to be added to the distribution list to receive updates automatically, please email Registration details will be available shortly on the COMET 2010 website. If you have inquiries not addressed by the information on the website, please direct your messages to

Gallup Poll: Nurses Most Trusted Profession

For the eighth consecutive year, nurses have been voted the most trusted profession in America according to Gallup’s annual survey of professions for their honesty and ethical standards. Eighty-three percent of Americans believe nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are either “high” or “very high.”

“It is with great pride that the ANA recognizes the trust placed in us by the patients we serve,” commented ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR. “At this time, when issues regarding the quality and availability of care are at the forefront of the national debate, we find it especially rewarding to see that nursing’s integrity and commitment continues to be acknowledged.”

Since being included in the Gallup poll in 1999, nurses have received the highest ranking every year except in 2001, when fire fighters received top honors. Results were based on telephone interviews with more than 1,000 adults.

Source: American Nurses Association

Your Input Requested: Federal Open Gov’t Initiative

From the American Academy of Science: We have been asked to relay to the broad scientific community the following opportunity to advise US government policymaking deliberations. You can read the latest updates at:   or  

The Obama Administration is seeking public input on policies concerning access to publicly-funded research results, such as those that appear in academic and scholarly journal articles. Currently, the National Institutes of Health require that research funded by its grants be made available to the public online at no charge within 12 months of publication. The Administration is seeking views as to whether this policy should be extended to other science agencies and, if so, how it should be implemented.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and the White House Open Government Initiative are launching a “Public Access Policy Forum” to invite public participation in thinking through what the Federal government’s policy should be with regard to public access to published federally-funded research results.

To that end, OSTP will conduct an interactive, online discussion beginning Thursday, December 10. The discussion will focus on three major areas of interest:

  • Implementation (Dec. 10 to 20): Which Federal agencies are good candidates to adopt Public Access policies? What variables (field of science, proportion of research funded by public or private entities, etc.) should affect how public access is implemented at various agencies, including the maximum length of time between publication and public release? Add your comments >>  You will want to read the “Terms of Participation  and will need to register a new account  and log in  using the link at the bottom of the page to comment. Tips on how to comment and moderate posts are listed in the right-hand column. 
  • Features and Technology (Dec. 21 to Dec 31): In what format should the data be submitted in order to make it easy to search and retrieve information, and to make it easy for others to link to it? Are there existing digital standards for archiving and interoperability to maximize public benefit? How are these anticipated to change?
  •  Management (Jan. 1 to Jan. 7): What are the best mechanisms to ensure compliance? What would be the best metrics of success? What are the best examples of usability in the private sector (both domestic and international)? Should those who access papers be given the opportunity to comment or provide feedback?

Each of these topics will form the basis of a blog posting that will appear at  and will be open for comment on the OSTP blog  at

Sincerely, Alan I. Leshner, CEO, AAAS and Executive Publisher, Science

Chronicle: Compromise Budget Bill Would Increase Pell Grant and Funds for NIH and NSF

Reported today in the online Chronicle of Higher Education:

Legislators in Congress have agreed on a compromise spending bill for the 2010 fiscal year that would increase appropriations for Pell Grants, minority-serving institutions, and programs for disadvantaged and first-generation college students.

. . . The National Institutes of Health would get $31-billion under the bill, $250-million more than President Obama’s request and $692-million more than last year’s budget, according to a news release from the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill also includes $6.9-billion for the National Science Foundation, a $436-million increase over its 2009 budget and slightly less than the $7.04-billion Mr. Obama had requested. The bill also continues the prohibition of using federal funds for research that creates or destroys human embryos.

The full article is available on line to subscribers.

Review: Writer’s Guide to Nursing Periodicals (Jeanette M. Daly)

Writer’s Guide to Nursing Periodicals, by Jeanettee M. Daly. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, 2000. ISBN 0-7679-1492-7

Earlier this decade, Sage Publications published Jeanette M. Daly’s Writer’s Guide to Nursing Periodicals, a handy single volume that provided information about journals’ focus, publication facts, manuscript preparation and submission processes, referrees, copyrights, and indexing, by arranging the journals thematically (e.g. Acute Care journals, Administration journals, Research).

The proliferation of journals’ World-Wide Web sites nearly a decade later has rendered the book obsolete, except for two valuable features: the thematic arrangement of the table of contents (which provides a quick guide to about 100 journals in particular specializations of nursing); and a very useful introductory section, Writing for Publication in Nursing Journals.

This introduction includes a glossary of technical terms (like “blind review” and “peer review”) that will be helpful to the novice nurse writer. A discussion of nurses writing for publication examines the reasons that nurses write, how manuscripts are prepared, submitted and reviewed, a discussion of copyrights and permissions, an introduction to on-line nursing journals, and a bibliography of suggested readings.

Appended to this introduction are templates: a generic checklist for manuscript submission; samples of a query letter, a cover letter, a rejection letter, an acceptance letter, a revision letter; a list of basic proofreading marks.

Although Dr. Daly has indicated that she will not be publishing an updated second edition, we might hope that this introductory section would be expanded into a slender but nonetheless useful handbook.