CFP: NLN 5th Annual Tech Conference

The National League for Nursing Fifth Annual Technology Conference: “Health Information Technology; Meaningful Uses in Nursing Education” October 29-31, 2010, Fairbanks Hall on the Indiana University Campus, Indianapolis, IN

The NLN Technology Conference showcases state-of-the-art applications of simulation, e-learning, informatics, and telehealth. Learn about the federally funded HRSA HITS Scholar Program, Second Life, and more. When you are current on developments in technology and informatics, you will be able to prepare students to function in today’s technology-rich health care environment.


Abstract submissions are invited for research projects and innovative teaching strategies using technology. Topics include, but are not limited to, e-learning, simulation, telehealth, and integration of informatics into the curriculum.

Review and Selection Process for the 2010 Technology Conference. All abstracts will be peer reviewed through a competitive selection process. Submissions must identify contact information – email, affiliation, and phone number – for the primary presenter, and the name and credentials of any co-presenters. Please be advised that communications from the NLN will be only with the primary presenter, and this person will be expected to communicate with co-presenters, if applicable.

Abstracts must be submitted to the NLN via the online process no later than 4:00 pm (EST) on August 20, 2010. Please note that a confirmation of successful receipt by the NLN will pop-up immediately after you click the Submit button. Please print that pop-up message for your records. If you do not receive the pop up message that your abstract submission was received, please email Caren Goodwin at  to receive assistance with your submission. The NLN strongly recommends early submission of abstracts for the Technology Conference as the submission deadline is strictly enforced. Abstracts received by the stated deadline will be circulated to a team of reviewers for blind review, and decisions about selection will be made by September 15, 2010. If the primary presenter does not receive notification of a decision by September 15, 2010, please contact Caren Goodwin.

Abstract submission:


Rockquemore: Tame Your Inner Critic

Kerry Ann Rockquemore continues her fine Inside Higher Ed summer series for novice writers or writers who are struggling to get some traction on their professional writing.

This week in “Tame Your Inner Critic” Rockquemore suggests ways to become familiar with and to disarm your inner critic, the naysayer inside many of us who thwarts our efforts to write consistently. (See The Imposter Syndrome.) She also offers a practical set of goals for this week.

Rockquemore notes that academic writers are in the summer “home stretch,” but suggests that even if you have not been successful in writing regularly so far, you still have several weeks of potential productivity.

Write. Now.

CFP: Rethinking Disability (Conference)

The First International Disability Studies Conference in Israel Rethinking Disability: The State, the Community and the Individual, Thursday, December 30, 2010, at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

This is the first international conference on Disability Studies to be held in Israel. Our goal is to provide a forum for international collaboration in Disability Studies by bringing together Disability Studies scholars, graduate students, policy makers, activists, and practitioners from Israel and abroad to discuss their work and share ideas about the status of people with disabilities in Israel. The conference will explore issues of power, privilege, personhood and self-advocacy as well as the social construction of disability. It will engage in a multidisciplinary examination of the relationships between these themes, based on work done in anthropology, architecture, bioethics, comparative literature, education, film and media studies, geography, health professions, history, law, medicine, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, sociology and social work. There will be two plenary panels and one breakout session held for small group multidisciplinary discussions of selected topics. We encourage scholars at different stages of their academic career to submit proposals (including work in progress) for discussion in the breakout session. Abstracts for panel and workshop papers can be submitted in English, Hebrew or Arabic. Presentations can be made in these same languages. Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent by email (the abstract should include the title of the proposal, name and email address of the author). Please indicate if the proposal is submitted for a panel or for a breakout session. Deadline for submissions of all abstracts: Friday, 27 August 2010,

For more information please contact: Dr. Nissim Mizrachi *  (Tel Aviv University, Sociology) Dr. Sagit Mor *  (Haifa University, Law) Professor Neta Ziv *  (Tel Aviv University, Law) Adva Eichengreen *  (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Psychology)

CFP: Enhancing Nursing Ed (Conference)


Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the 2010 Conference on Enhancing Nursing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting: What do we know and how do we move forward? will be held October 19-21, 2010 in Arlington, VA. This working-group conference will bring together today’s nursing education and practice thought leaders to share best practices and insights regarding academic-practice partnerships, clinical faculty expansion and development, and non-traditional practice settings. Individuals are invited to submit abstracts for presentation that describe new knowledge or lessons learned based on the following themes: Building effective educational-clinical partnerships; clinicians as faculty members; and strengthening clinical skills and clinical education. Abstracts may address evidence-based practice, quality improvement, clinical reasoning/critical thinking, and other areas. The conference will include presentations, posters, and facilitated roundtable sessions. Conference abstracts – which must be no more than 500 words – are due by 5:00 pm PST (8:00 pm EST) on August 2, 2010. For details, including how to submit abstracts, contact Aram Dobalian at .

Rockquemore: Lower Your Standards; Writing Is Thinking

Kerry Ann Rockquemore’s summer series on scholarly and professional writing in Inside Higher Ed continues, last week with the admonition “Lower Your Standards,” and this week reminding us, “Writing Is Thinking.”

Last week in “Lower Your Standards” Rockquemore acknowledged that at mid-summer you may have become frustrated or discouraged, either because of procrastination or unrealistic expectations. She suggests examining your expectations and offers four strategies for recalibrating (and for becoming more productive even if you’ve been procrastinating).

This week in “Writing Is Thinking” Rockquemore discusses disempowerment when it comes to writing, the “limiting set of beliefs about the writing process, the relationship between our thoughts and the physical act of writing, and what it takes to sit down and write.” (Think about the “glass ceilings” that you impose on your writing and your career, perhaps the product of the Impostor Syndrome.) She offers suggestions for breaking the blocks to writing.

The bottom line is simple, but it requires an often very difficult behavioral change (rescripting the maladaptive behaviors that Boice calls “bingeing” and “busyness”). As Bockquemore advises:

If you’re not writing, block out 30-60 minutes every day, Monday through Friday, for writing. Don’t just say you’ll do it, really try it for two weeks. And don’t forget to build in some accountability because trying to start a new habit alone is a recipe for misery and isolation. Whenever I work with people whose resistance comes from feeling disempowered about writing, I ask them to write every day for 30-60 minutes. When they actually write every day consistently, they are astounded to learn that: 1) they can write no matter how they feel, 2) a lot can be accomplished in a short amount of time, and 3) it’s deeply intellectually satisfying to be close to their work on a daily basis.

CFS: Nursing Ed Perspectives (Research & Creative Writing)

The National League for Nursing’s Nursing Education Perspectives has a page called “EndNote” where it publishes poetry and very brief essays by nurses, about nursing and nursing education. For more information visit: . In addition, Nursing Education Perspectives is always eager for scholarly submissions for peer review. For more information or inquiries, contact Leslie Block, Managing Editor, Nursing Education Perspectives (National League for Nursing). Email:

CFP: Body, Mind, History (EAHMH 2011)

Call for Papers: Body and Mind in the History of Medicine and Health, European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) 2011 Bi-annual Conference

Co-organized by the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities and by the University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1-4 September 2011

Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2010

The EAHMH invites submissions for its bi-annual meeting, to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1-4 September 2011. In the city whose name is closely linked to René Descartes, the Association welcomes abstracts on the general theme ‘Body and Mind in the History of Medicine and Health’. This theme encompasses research in any area where body and mind (and their interaction) were pivotal subjects in the creation of concepts, practices and institutions and in the lived experience of health and disease. Papers addressing recent debates concerning historiography and/or methodology are especially welcomed. Papers dealing with the teaching of medical history in a concrete way, as well as incorporating personal experiences, are also invited: it is hoped that a special session may be organized on the teaching of medical history. Submissions relating to all historical periods and all regions are welcome, as are submissions from non-members.

Abstracts should not exceed one page and should include information concerning the scientific question examined, the sources and approach used and the (preliminary) results. Abstracts should contain a title and the speaker’s contact information (name, affiliation, address and email address). In addition to single-paper proposals, proposals for sessions including three or four papers are also invited. All papers in pre-arranged sessions will be judged according to their individual merits. The Scientific Board of the EAHMH reserves the right to rearrange sessions in the light of proposals received. Individual paper presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, allowing for 10 minutes of discussion. Please submit all proposals for papers and sessions to  no later than 1 December 2010. For further information, please see the full call for papers on our website, 

The EAHMH is offering an award of € 500 for the best paper presented at the Utrecht conference by a (PhD)student. For further information please go to