CFS: Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice

Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice (PPNP) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that explores the multiple relationships between nursing and health policy. PPNP serves as a major source of data-based study, policy analysis and discussion on timely, relevant policy issues for nurses in a broad variety of roles and settings, and for others who are interested in nursing-related policy issues.

Further information at:


CFP: CT Nursing Research Alliance

16th Annual Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice Conference: Outcome-Focused Innovations

Friday, October 5, 2012, Hartford Hospital Education & Resource Center, 560 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT

Abstracts are requested for either oral presentation or table-top poster display. Oral presentations should be based on completed research. Table-top poster displays may be based on research in progress. Concept analysis and integrated reviews will also be considered. You may submit your application via email, fax, or regular mail.

Please indicate preference of oral or table-top poster presentation

Submission deadline is May 31, 2012

For further information or for abstract writing assistance, contact: Barbara Aronson, PhD, APRN, CS, 203-392-6496

Abstract submission form and other details:

15 Minute Manager

Over the course of this past semester I worked with a cohort of full-time clinical nursing faculty to develop a daily writing habit. The Write Now! team contracted to write each day for 30 minutes. First thing every morning I sent them an email to describe what I was working on that day (I wanted to walk the walk as well as talking the talk) and asked them what they were working on that day.

Now, an online article in the Chronicle of Higher Education blogs by Natalie Houston, “Why 15 Minutes?” suggests that a kitchen digital timer set to 15 minutes may be productive for a variety of tasks, including:

■15 minutes is effective: you can workout with supersets, plyometrics, or Tabata intervals very effectively in a short time.

■15 minutes is a good start: you can write a few sentences, read a couple of pages, or review some data. That’s enough to get you back into a project you’ve been away from for a few hours or days and can help you build momentum for a longer work session.

NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat

The NLN Foundation has scheduled a Fall Writing Retreat to be held from November 3 – December 2, 2012 at the Mt. Royal Hotel and Conference Center in Baltimore, MD. Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN will be the facilitator. Leslie Block of the NLN will also be onsite in Baltimore, assisting participants with their final drafts prior to submission

The NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat is designed to help nurse educators enhance writing skills and disseminate research findings and other work in scholarly publications. By the end of the retreat, the goal is for each participant to have a complete, edited paper ready for submission to a scholarly journal. Due to the intense nature of the work, retreat participants are limited to ten and selected through a competitive application process. Participants work closely with the facilitator for two months prior to the retreat, interacting via telephone, email, and the private blog created specially for the retreat, My Name in Print!. Participants will have access to the facilitator for up to one year after the retreat ends, to assist them through the revision and resubmission process. Access to the blog is ongoing.

The retreat is funded by a generous grant from Pocket Nurse Enterprises, Inc., and the NLN Foundation for Education.

Applications are due by August 20, 2012. To learn more about the retreat and download an application, click here:

Chronicle: Good Deeds, Most Punished

I’m getting caught up on reading back issues of the Chronicle of Higher Education (which I highly recommend for all faculty, as well as daily free updates from Inside Higher Ed), which recently included three columns by David Perlmutter on the theme “Good Deeds That Are Most Punished” (traps for junior, tenure-track faculty to avoid):

CFS: Telemedicine and e-Health

Telemedicine and e-Health has expanded coverage, publishing 10 issues per year, providing readers with an understanding of new technology applications and evidence-based usage, and a new section on Medical Connectivity. This new section will include roundtables, initiatives in industry, tutorials, webwatch, commentaries, new services, and people in the news. In addition to high quality cutting-edge papers on telemedicine applications in medicine and public health, Telemedicine and e-Health publishes:

  • Telemedicine news
  • Provocative roundtable discussions
  • Interviews with leaders in the field
  • Telebusiness insights and analysis
  • New product information

Telemedicine and e-Health covers all aspects of clinical telemedicine practice, technical advances, medical connectivity, enabling technologies, education, health policy and regulation and biomedical and health services research dealing with clinical effectiveness, efficacy and safety of telemedicine and its effects on quality, cost and accessibility of care, medical records and transmission of same.

Telemedicine applications will play an increasingly important role in health care and provide tools that are indispensable for home health care, remote patient monitoring, and disease management, that encompasses not only rural health and battlefield care, but nursing home, assisted living facilities, and maritime and aviation applications. Advances in technology including wireless connectivity and mobile devices will give practitioners, medical centers, and hospitals important new tools for managing patient care, electronic records, and medical billing to ultimately enable patients to have more control of their own well being. As the nation once more addresses health care reform, the contributions of telemedicine need to be fully understood and appreciated and reimbursement policies must be in place for these applications. Further information at:

Summer Hiatus

It has been a busy year for NursingWriting, and as the academic year has drawn to a close, we want to thank all those who make NursingWriting possible: the UConn School of Nursing, journal editors and conference organizers, and our readers.

We now shift into summer hiatus, with fewer (and perhaps less frequent) postings.

This is a good opportunity for nurse writers in academia to plan their writing projects for the summer.

A daily writing habit (or at least a “periodic” writing habit–once weekly, twice weekly–is more productive than “waiting for inspiration” or “waiting until I’ve got a long stretch of uninterrupted time.”

Having clearly defined, measurable goals is more productive than “I have a lot of things I’d like to work on.”

This past semester I worked with a cohort of four full-time clinical nursing faculty to develop a daily writing habit. I sent them an email each morning, telling them “Here’s what I’m working on today” and asking, “What are you working on?” The results were remarkable: conference proposal abstracts, article manuscripts, grant applications.

Write on! Write now!