CFS: Health Care Reform (MedSurg Matters!)

MedSurg Matters!, official newsletter of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, is launching a new column — “Health Care Reform & Issues in Nursing” — to address the impact of the Affordable Care Act (2010) as well as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing recommendations on health care and nursing. The first column, which appeared in the September/October 2011 issue, is titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Impact on Medical-Surgical Nursing” and was written by Robin Hertel. Authors are needed for future columns, in particular to address IOM recommendations for nursing education. Manuscripts are sought on the following topics:

  • Life-Long Learning
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Preparation
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Preparation
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) Preparation
  • Funding Sources for Advancing Your Education: government and other incentives for pursuing an advanced degree, cost of the programs, how to find funding, and examples of funding sources

The following are minimal areas to include when addressing education preparation for nursing: overview of the IOM recommendation for nursing education for the specific degree, benefits for attaining an advanced degree (professional, personal, and effect on patient outcomes), core courses, online versus traditional programs, and a list of the top 10 programs.

Queries regarding these and other related topics should be addressed to Editor Janet Burton at:  Suggested manuscript length is 4-6 double-spaced, typewritten pages (2-3 newsletter pages).

Author guidelines:

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