Shakespeare Anniversary/”Nursing”

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Shakespeare provides us with the earliest attestation of the word nurse as denoting one who provides health care to the sick, which appears in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors (ca. 1590s): “I will attend my husband, be his nurse, Diet his sicknesse, for it is my Office” (V.i.99).

The wife as nurse (and the advantage of marriage as engaging a live-in nurse) is also apparent in the Duchess of Newcastle’s Matrimonial Trouble (1662), which contends, “That he might do [i.e., marry], if it were for no other reason, but for a Nurse to tend him, if he should chance to be sick.”

To mark this Shakespeare anniversary, the Wellcome Library’s blog comments on “Shakespeare’s Medical World”:


Inside Higher Ed: Surviving the Dissertation Process

A sensible essay in Inside Higher Ed by Ramon B. Goings, who is the program coordinator for the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Making a Writing Group That Works

Writing for Inside Higher Ed‘s “Grad Hacker” feature, Travis Grandy discusses forming a writing group as a way of providing external accountability (i.e., outside the structures of courses and their assignments). Beginning with assessing where you work best (or don’t work best) and a sense of your personal writing process, he recommends the formation of a writing group with different variations on that theme. The article is open access:

CFP: Clinic Advisor Summit

The leading provider of clinical news and information for NPs and PAs proudly presents The Clinical Advisor Summit

The dynamics of primary care are changing. Gone are the days of one physician managing varying conditions and diseases across a patient’s life span. Today, multiple clinicians provide care to the same patient in the setting of a more patient-centered, coordinated, and effective healthcare delivery system.

At the three-day The Clinical Advisor Summit on April 7-9, 2016, in Orlando, FL, you will have access to expert case studies on an effective interprofessional approach to primary care. NPs and PAs will get a deeper perspective on emerging clinical topics affecting patients today.

The deadline for submission is March 4, 2016. See full submission guidelines here.

CFP: Relating Cultural Inclusiveness to Social Determinants of Health,

February 22nd is the last day to submit an abstract for Podium Presentations and March 1st is for Poster Presentations. Please see attached call for abstracts.

Also for your review is the conference agenda.  Podium presentations will be given 30 minutes to include question and answer to present. 

3rd Annual Cultural Inclusion Institute: Relating Cultural Inclusiveness to Social Determinants of Health, April 21-22, 2016

We live in a world of health inequities:

  • 20% of children from the poorest of households are twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday compared to children in the richest.
  • Women in Afghanistan have a lifetime risk of maternal death of 1 in 11, women in Ireland have a risk of 1 in 17,800.
  • In the United States, while African Americans represent only 12% of the population, they account for half of all new HIV infections.
  • Something must be done.

We must address the conditions of where and how people live if we are committed to improve the overall health disparities gap.  It is evident that medical care alone is not enough.  This conference brings together leading researchers, healthcare providers, patient advocates, educators, and students to exchange their knowledge and expertise in addressing the social determinants of health: economic stability, education, health and healthcare, neighborhood and the built environment, and social and community context.

3rd Annual Cultural Inclusion Institute: Theme: Relating Cultural Inclusiveness to Social Determinants of Health

Conference website (please review the agenda):  

April 21-22, 2016 during Fiesta Week

Submit an Abstract for Podium deadline Feb 22nd or Poster deadline March 1st

Attached please find the call for abstracts and guidelines.

ROOMS ARE FILLING – Historic Menger Hotel, San Antonio Texas, on the Riverwalk $115/night (local/state taxes apply) Phone: 800-345-9285

Conference Registration is now available Register today
Registration fee is $300.00 (includes CE)

Conference Goal: Exchange knowledge, expertise, research, challenges, and successes in addressing issues related to social determinants of health: Economic Stability; Education; Health and Health Care; Neighborhood and Built Environment; Social and Community Context.


  1. Define and understand the key concepts of social determinants of health.
  2. Explain how social determinants of health drive inequities.
  3. Describe the importance of social determinants for individuals and communities.
  4. Identify trends and approaches to reduce health disparities across populations.

Who should submit? Primary Care Providers, Nurses, Social Workers, Educators, Researchers, Non-Profit Community Based Agencies, and Students.

Social Determinants from Healthy People 2020 (reference )

Economic Stability

  • Poverty
  • Employment
  • Food Security
  • Housing Stability


  • High School Graduation
  • Enrollment in Higher Education
  • Language and Literacy
  • Early Childhood Education and Development

Social and Community Context

  • Social Cohesion
  • Civic Participation
  • Perceptions of Discrimination and Equity
  • Incarceration/Institutionalization

Health and Health Care

  • Access to Health Care
  • Access to Primary Care
  • Health Literacy

Neighborhood and Built Environment

  • Access to Healthy Foods
  • Quality of Housing
  • Crime and Violence
  • Environmental Conditions

Healthcare in motion: Mobility forms in health service delivery and access

Healthcare in motion: Mobility forms in health service delivery and access

Editors: Cecilia Vindrola-Padros (UCL), Anne E. Pfister (UNF), and Ginger A. Johnson (Anthrologica)

Healthcare in Motion will explore the diversity of mobility forms associated with healthcare. It will consider both mobility and healthcare as complex cultural and political processes, which are influenced by global policies and structures but are also shaped on the ground by individuals and their local communities. The focus on ground-level, subjective experiences of (im)mobility and access to healthcare will allow the authors in this volume to study and understand mobility as a social practice imbued with cultural meaning, thus gaining insight into the social, cultural, political, and economic processes that make mobility possible as well as those that restrict movement. The relationship between mobility and healthcare will be analysed critically by focusing on inequalities in healthcare access in order to highlight critical areas of (im)mobility, as well as areas of innovation where volume contributors are seeking to deliver healthcare to populations in need.

The edited volume will be submitted to Berghahn Books for consideration in their Worlds in Motion book series (series editor: Noel B. Salazar, It will bring together authors from a wide range of disciplines who are working in multiple sectors (academia, public healthcare organizations, non-governmental organizations) and carry out research in a wide array of geographical contexts. We seek a diverse array of scholars and practitioners who will help contribute a range of theoretical, methodological and practical solutions to contemporary issues related to Healthcare in Motion.

The volume specifically seeks contributions to the following two thematic areas:

1) Delivering care to (im)mobile populations

What does it mean to deliver healthcare to populations who are (im)mobile due to emergency circumstances, geography, access issues (e.g. finance, transportation), etc.? What are the challenges of delivering healthcare services in a (im)mobile world?

Potential contributors to this section may be working with: refugee and displaced populations or within protracted humanitarian emergencies; difficult or hard-to-reach populations; disabled or elderly communities; etc.

2) Technologies of mobile healthcare

How is healthcare shaped by new technologies to deliver healthcare to (im)mobile and hard-to-reach populations? What new strategies and technologies are currently in use or are being tested and developed to provide healthcare services to (im)mobile and hard to reach populations?

Potential contributors to this section may be working to implement mHealth (mobile health) solutions in low or middle income countries; developing easy to use, open-source software for providing health services to immobile populations; creating (or utilising) mobile devices for community health workers who deliver care to hard-to-reach populations; using virtual platforms to deliver health services, etc.

Interested contributors must submit an abstract of 200-300 words electronically to Dr. Vindrola-Padros by January 31, 2016. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by February 12, 2016 and will have until May 1, 2016 to submit a full manuscript, which will be peer reviewed for potential inclusion in the volume.

A Grant Submission New Year’s Resolution

Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, the principal scientific leader and adviser to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program, offers “A Grant Submission New Year’s Resolution”


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