Season’s Greetings

To all readers of NursingWriting, best wishes for the holidays, and a prosperous and productive New Year.

(Weekly posting will resume here in mid-January.)

–Tom Long

CFS: “Professionalism,” Cambridge Q Healthcare Ethics

The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (CQ) will initiate a new Department on professionalism in health-related disciplines, and submissions are invited. The goal of the new “Professionalism Department” is to provide a forum for identifying, justifying, and applying standards for determining whether practices, decisions, and actions are professionally required, permitted, or prohibited. Submissions can address professionalism in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, psychiatry, dentistry, physical therapy or any other health care or allied health discipline. Submissions may take the form of shorter or longer (3000 – 5000 word) articles, case studies, or commentaries.

Conscience-based refusals to provide health related services have occasioned a sizeable literature that explores the requirements of professionalism in a variety of disciplines. However, recent reports of refusals by physicians to provide services to patients for a variety of reasons that are not conscience-based underscore the need for a broader examination of the requirements of professionalism. A Florida urologist reportedly posted a sign on his office door stating: “If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years” (Orlando Sentinel online, April 2, 2010). It has also been reported that more and more physicians are expected to refuse to accept Medicaid or Medicare patients in response to reductions in reimbursement rates. Some pediatricians currently refuse to accept patients if parents will not allow their children to receive MMR (mumps, measles, and rubella) vaccine. Some physicians reportedly have refused to treat patients who engage in “unhealthful behaviors,” such as smoking, failing to control their weight, and abusing alcohol and/or drugs. Submissions might well consider whether any of these actions comprise unprofessional conduct.

Such refusals are only one type of issue that is suitable for the new “Professionalism Department.” Some additional possible topics include: strikes; sex with patients and trainees; gaming the system; prescribing medications for physical and/or cognitive enhancement (e.g., steroids, Adderall, Ritalin, and Provigil); cosmetic surgery; responding to a colleague’s suspected incompetence or impairment due to drugs, alcohol, or illness; obligations toward other members of the profession; professional obligations during pandemics, bioterrorist attacks, and natural disasters; whether professionals have obligations to promote health care access and/or social justice; participation in capital punishment, assisted suicide, euthanasia, enhanced interrogation (torture); collaboration with pharmaceutical or device manufacturers in research or educational activities; standards of care for providers donating services in resource-poor countries; and whether professionals have an obligation to keep their political views to themselves.

These are only a sample of the numerous topics that can be explored in the soon to be launched CQ “Professionalism Department.” Submissions on these or any other topic related to professionalism are welcome. Guidelines for preparing manuscripts are available online at: http://assets.cambridge.org/CQH/CQH_ifc.pdf . All submissions should include an abstract, and should be sent electronically to the Professionalism Department co-editors, Mark Wicclair ( wicclair@pitt.edu ) and David Barnard ( barnard@pitt.edu ).

CFS: Teacher’s Voice

The Teacher’s Voice: A Literary Magazine For Poets and Writers In Education is still free online and asking for submissions for upcoming theme issues and contests. Please visit http://www.the-teachers-voice.org/  to see what we are doing and for guidelines. Although not necessary, we highly recommend purchasing sample issues or chapbooks before submitting any work. The Teacher’s Voice, P.O. Box 150384, Kew Gardens, NY 11415.

CFS: Nursing History Review

Nursing History Review, an annual peer-reviewed publication, is a showcase for the most significant current research on nursing and the health care history. Contributors include national and international scholars. They also represent many different disciplinary backgrounds, and the nursing history review is the only nursing journal listed in the ISI social science index. Regular sections include scholarly articles, reviews of the best books on nursing and health care history, invited commentaries, and abstracts of new doctoral dissertations on nursing and health care history. Historians, researchers, and individuals fascinated with the rich field of nursing will find this an important resource. Visit Nursing History Review Online to view recent issues or subscribe: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/springer/nhr  or http://www.springerpub.com/nhr .

CFS: Mental Health & Substance Use

The Taylor and Francis International Publishing journal Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis enters its 4th year of production in 2011. To celebrate its success the publisher increased the number of issues from 3 to 4 per annum effective from 2011. Anyone wishing details related to the journal, and how to submit a manuscript, can find full details on the journal website http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rmhs . The journal accepts manuscripts for peer review from all professional disciplines, as well as brief reports, current opinion and controversial subjects for debate. The editor is also interested in producing some special topics issues. If anyone has an idea already in the making about a special conference, or large research project, for publication as a special issue(s), the editor would be pleased to hear from you. The journal will be launching an Essay Competition in 2011, details of which will be circulated shortly.