Walt Whitman’s Birthday

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of poet Walt Whitman, who during the American Civil War served as a nurse in military hospitals. Here, an excerpt from his poem “The Wound-Dresser” in the book of his wartime poetry, Drum Taps:

I dress a wound in the side, deep, deep;

But a day or two more—for see, the frame all wasted and sinking,

And the yellow-blue countenance see.


I dress the perforated shoulder, the foot with the bullet wound,

Cleanse the one with a gnawing and putrid gangrene, so sickening, so offensive,

While the attendant stands behind aside me, holding the tray and pail.


I am faithful, I do not give out;

The fractur’d thigh, the knee, the wound in the abdomen,

These and more I dress with impassive hand—(yet deep in my breast a fire, a burning flame.)


CFS: Indigenous Health Care (Special Issue of Contemporary Nurse)

Advances in Indigenous Health Care – 2nd edn

Authors are invited to send a 200 word abstract in advance of submission to the coordinating editor, Prof Kim Usher, kim.usher@jcu.edu.au

Deadline for Papers: 1st March 2010

Nurses and midwives closing the gap in Indigenous health

Guest edited by Kim Usher (James Cook University) and Rhonda Marriott (Murdoch University) a special issue of Contemporary Nurse – volume 37/1 – December 2010

The issue will outline how nursing and midwifery are contributing to closing the gap in Indigenous health indicators. Papers are welcomed on the following topics and other related issues:

  • Innovative models of care;
  • Methods of ensuring inclusive and culturally safe practices;
  • Development of policies, competencies and protocols;
  • Developing culturally appropriate pedagogy and curricula;
  • Research and research methodologies;
  • Ethical principals and practices.

Authors are invited to send a 200 word abstract in advance of submission to the coordinating editor, Prof Kim Usher,  kim.usher@jcu.edu.au

Author Guidelines: http://www.contemporarynurse.com/page/42/a

Deadline for Papers: 1st March 2010

RN Among Ft. Hood Slain

Nurses and nurse educators have lost one of their own in the shootings on a US Army base.Russell Seager was one of the soldiers killed in the Fort Hood shooting on November 5th

Russell Seager, an enlisted Army nurse practitioner, VA hospital nurse, and nurse educator, was among those soldiers slain this past week at the Ft. Hood Army Base in Texas.

A brief notice can be found on the Washington Post Web site.

Dr. Seager, age 51, hailed from Wisconsin, whose public radio station WUWM interviewed him last summer. He specialized in complementary healing practices. Ironic now in light of the circumstances of his murder, WUWM noted in its report that:

In Iraq, Seager will work to prevent the mental health problems he sees at the VA from developing in the first place. His Combat Stress Control unit will watch for warning signs among soldiers on the front lines – things like anger and insubordination – which could signal long-term problems.

English Nurse Detective Novel Reviewed

This brief review by Marilyn Stasio appeared in the 6 Sept. 2009 issue of the New York Times books section:

Readers who can’t get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear’s novels, or Hester Latterly, who saw action in the Crimean War in a series of novels by Anne Perry, are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford, the courageous British army nurse introduced by Charles Todd in A DUTY TO THE DEAD (Morrow/HarperCollins, $24.99). The strong-willed and self-determined daughter of a retired colonel, Bess shows her mettle when the hospital ship she’s serving on hits a German mine and goes down off the coast of Greece in the fall of 1916.

Recovering at home with a badly broken arm, Bess is reminded of the promise she made to a dying soldier named Arthur Graham, who begged her to deliver an urgent message to his brother. (“Tell Jonathan that I lied,” he instructed her. “I did it for Mother’s sake. But it has to be set right.”) Honorbound, Bess makes her way to the Kent countryside, described in precise period detail with a lovely touch of rue for its never-to-be-recovered way of life. Here the story takes on Gothic intonations as Bess discovers that the Graham family has no intention of righting any past wrongs, especially those pertaining to the eldest son, who has been locked up in an asylum for killing a maid when he was 14.

Bess is made of sterner stuff than Ian Rutledge, the shell-shocked Scotland Yard inspector in the World War I series for which the mother-and-son team who write as Charles Todd is primarily known. But while her sensibility is as crisp as her narrative voice, Bess is a compassionate nurse who responds with feeling when asked to care for a traumatized veteran who has been callously shunned as a coward and a menace by the villagers. “It isn’t madness,” she insists. “Shell shock is an affliction of the brain.” However cogently argued, her plea for the humane treatment of troubled minds seems all the more hopeless when applied to the eldest Graham son, who escapes from the madhouse and forces Bess to help him solve the mysteries of his traumatic past.

Neither as tradition-bound as Hester Latterly, her 19th-century predecessor, nor as enlightened as Maisie Dobbs, who was a student of Freudian psychology, Todd’s heroine is a new woman — and her own woman. Pragmatic in the face of danger, she takes a brave stand on behalf of the mentally wounded, their suffering worsened by the isolation imposed on them through the fear and ignorance of the people who once loved them. In the process, she becomes the champion of all those lost and forgotten in war.

CFS: Health Disparities (Hispanic Nurses Conference)

National Association of Hispanic Nurses 34th Annual Conference

Hispanic Nurses: Creating Pathways to Reduce Health Disparities

July 21-24, 2009, Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

We invite the submission of abstracts for Podium Presentation and Poster Presentation Submission Deadline January 15, 2009

Click here
to find details.

The 2009 conference will have a fresh new schedule that will provide maximum time for the a spectacular agenda. One highlighted change is that the poster abstracts will be displayed during a special hors devours reception for all participants to attend and mingle with the poster presenters about their research.

So if you are asking yourself “Why should I submit an abstract and why should I attend?”

Are you a nurse, nurse educator, researcher, clinician, and or student? If you work with a Hispanic population, we invite you to share your stories, knowledge, expertise, research, challenges and successes with us as we address issues related to Hispanic health disparities, Hispanic healthcare research, Policy development, Issues related to rural Hispanic health care, and Behavioral and social environmental issues in Hispanic healthcare. This promises to be a great conference, so come and network with colleagues, make new friendships, and experience the diverse culture of San Antonio.

For information on joing the National Association for Hispanic Nurses click here:


CFS: UConn ATHENA Conference

ATHENA Research Conference – April 23, 2009
University of Connecticut School of Nursing & University of Connecticut Health Center Department of Nursing
• UConn BS, MbEIN, MS & PhD students and PhD nursing students from
New England and New York Schools of Nursing
• UConn Health Center nurses
• UConn School of Nursing faculty & alumni
• Sigma Theta Tau International, CT Chapter members
• Capital Area Alliance for Nursing Research and Research Utilization members

Details at the ATHENA Conference Web site.

CFS: Neonatal Narratives

Call for Stories from Nurses. If you are a nurse who has worked with babies in the first 28 days of their lives, Kaplan Publishing would like to publish your true story in New Lives, an anthology of stories by neonatal nurses, perinatal nurses, nurse midwives, ob-gyn nurses, nurse childbirth educators, labor and delivery nurses, pediatric nurses, nurse lactation consultants, nurse practitioners, postpartum nurses, and others in the nursing field. Tell us about the babies you’ve cared for, the unique clinical and emotional challenges of caring for an infant, and what you’ve learned along the way. Submission Deadline: September 1, 2008 Send stories to: KaplanNewLives@gmail.com
Payment: $100 if published, along with a complimentary copy of the book.
Story length: 1,000-2,500 words
Point of view: First Person
Nonfiction: All stories must be true, previously unpublished stories from your personal experience.
Format: Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced
Contact info: Each submission should include your name, address, phone number, and email address.
Remember: Tell a story that has a beginning, middle, and end. Write from your heart about a life-changing or life-defining experience. Be sure to make your story rich by vividly painting the characters, the setting, and dialogue. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions or provide status updates. If your story is selected for publication, you will be notified by e-mail. Manuscripts will not returned. Authors may submit multiple stories. Before final acceptance, you will receive an agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of publication. All manuscripts selected for publication will be subject to editing.
To Submit Your Story
· Typed submissions are preferred, but we will accept a hand-written submission.
· Each submission must include your contact information, including your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, if you have one.
· Each submission also must include a story title and word count.
· Electronic (emailed) submissions are preferred; mailed submissions are acceptable.
Email: In the subject line, cite the story title and the anthology for which the story is intended. Type the story into the body of the email or send an attachment in Microsoft Word. One submission per email.
Mail: You can send more than one story per envelope. Include one self-addressed, postage-paid envelope for each submission. Send only the paper copy of the story; do not send computer disks or CDs. Mail to:
Nurse Stories/Editorial Assistant, Kaplan Publishing, 1 Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10006, USA