Happy New Year: 2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

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Holiday Hiatus

NursingWriting.com will be on holiday hiatus until mid-January.

Best wishes for the Solstice and New Year!


CFP: Attentive Writers

‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority | Medical Humanities Research Centre, University of Glasgow | 23-­25 August 2013

From nurses, physicians and surgeons to administrators, caregivers, physiotherapists, technicians, veterinarians and voluntary sector workers, this conference adopts the term ‘attentive writers’ as evocative of the multitude of both non-professional and professional caregivers – clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers – whose attention to illness might take narrative form. The study of physician-writers was one of the earliest developments in the related fields of Literature and Medicine and the Medical Humanities, with canonical figures such as Conan Doyle, Goldsmith, Keats, Smollett, and William Carlos Williams, receiving much-deserved critical attention. Echoing Rita Charon’s concept of ‘attentiveness’, this conference brings this established field of enquiry regarding ‘the physician as writer’ into dialogue with recent calls for a more inclusive approach to the Medical Humanities (i.e. ‘Health Humanities’) and questions the authoritative place of the Western – traditionally male – physician in our explorations of the humanities/health interface.

The relationship between healthcare, authorship and authority will be addressed through three inter-related strands of thematic enquiry: (1) an historical and literary examination of ‘attentive writers’; (2) a more devolved interrogation of the field of Narrative Medicine; and (3) an examination of ‘attentive writing’ as creative practice. Current confirmed Plenary Speakers: Professor Rita Charon and Professor Paul Crawford.

Papers might address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Nurse-writers, physician-writers, surgeon-writers, veterinarian-writers, etc. of any culture, historical period or literary epoch, and/or nurses, physicians, surgeons, and vets as literary subjects
  • Non-clinical healthcare workers (administrators, janitors, receptionists, technicians, etc.) as writers and/or literary subjects
  • The literature of caregiving
  • Gender and medical authority
  • Historical development of medical and literary professionalism
  • The afterlife of Foucault’s ‘medical gaze’
  • Hybrid discourses and genres (the case history, illness narratives, etc.)
  • Narrative Medicine (and particularly does it challenge or reinforce the notion of the physician as sole author/authority) and related developments in professionalism and education
  • The philosophy or attentiveness in healthcare and creative writing
  • ‘Attentive writing’ as creative practice; including ‘process oriented’ writing practices and those primarily concerned with the creation of aesthetically valuable outcomes.

Proposals of up to 500 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted via email, along with a short biography (no more than 250 words) by 1st February 2013. Proposals from academics, clinicians, creative writers, non-clinical healthcare workers, caregivers, and interested laypersons are all most welcome. Further information for creative writers wishing to make a submission will be announced shortly. Email: arts_attentivewriters@glasgow.ac.uk

CFP: CORE 2013

CORE Summit 2013 | 3rd China Outcomes Research and Evidence Based Medicine Summit | April 11 -13, 2013 Shanghai, China

Based on the continued success of the previous two annual conferences, the 3rd CORE Summit will be focusing on “Implementing Health Technology Assessment into Health Decisions” and will have the following key tracks of discussions:

  • 1. Real world observational clinical research – Impact on physicians, patients, and Industry
  • 2. Integrated medical evidence – Collection, integration and education
  • 3. Value based healthcare – Health policy, pricing, reimbursement and compliance
  • 4. Chronic disease management – Unmet needs, trends and opportunities
  • 5. EMR and health IT in health technology assessment – Challenges, methodology and best practices


The 2013 CORE Summit is accepting abstracts of original study or literature review in the areas of outcomes research, epidemiology, cost effectiveness research, comparative effectiveness research, healthcare management, personalized care, and patient reported outcomes. Accepted abstracts will be invited for oral or poster presentation during the conference.

Abstract Submission Due Date: All abstracts must be submitted through CORE Summit online submission process no later than January 20, 2013. Acceptance notification will be sent via email no later than January 27, 2013.


Critical Perspectives in Nursing and Health Care International Conference

1st Critical Perspectives in Nursing and Health Care International Conference

June 19-20, 2013, Vancouver, BC

Call for Abstracts is open!

Submission deadline is January 31, 2013

This leading edge conference engages nurses, health care professionals, and interdisciplinary scholars in critical dialogue and analyses for transformative actions in health and health care. Through sharing research, theoretical and discussion papers this conference emphasizes dialogue and the exchange of ideas between participants.

We invite submission of abstracts related to the following themes for oral presentations:

Ø health, history and social justice

Ø critical cultural perspectives

Ø anti-oppressive and equity-informed approaches

Ø intersectionality

Ø transformative knowledge

Ø reflective practice

Ø critical historical analysis

Ø citizens’ engagement in health

Ø critical knowledge translation

Submit an abstract today!

Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Conference

19th Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Conference

June 17-18, 2013 Vancouver, BC

Call for Abstracts is open!

Submission deadline is January 31, 2013

This conference will provide an excellent opportunity for nurses, social workers, mental health, counselors, physicians, advocates, community activists, policy makers and researchers working in the area of violence against women to share their knowledge, experience, research and practice through papers, posters and workshops/symposia.

We invite submission of abstracts related to the following themes for oral or poster presentation:

Ø trauma- and violence- informed policy, programs and practice

Ø violence, abuse and social action

Ø structural and interpersonal violence

Ø equity and inequities in health, policy and practice

Ø innovative interventions

Ø transformative partnerships in ending violence

Ø engaging boys and men in dialogue around violence

Submit an abstract today!


Holiday Greetings from UConn School of Nursing