CFS: Essays, Research Articles, Editorials, Creative Writing (AJN)

American Journal of Nursing is seeking submissions for its Viewpoint column.

Is there a health-related topic you feel strongly about? Is there something you want to challenge fellow nurses to think about?

This column is your opportunity to do that. In about 650 words and in conversational style, your Viewpoint should grab the reader’s attention in the first two sentences, identify the problem or issue, make a compelling argument supported by anecdotes and/or statistics, and leave the reader with a challenge to think or behave differently. While references are not included in this column, authors do need to include sources for their statements for fact-checking by the AJN staff.

AJN will also consider other types of submissions, including:

  • Acute and critical care shorts – We seek manuscripts of six-to-12 double-spaced pages on clinical topics relevant to nurses in the acute care setting. These can be quite narrowly focused and should include relevant research and practical applications.
  • Clinical best practices – We continually seek cutting-edge, evidence-based clinical manuscripts on a wide range of topics across practice settings. Such manuscripts should have a focus that can be handled in depth in about 12 double-spaced pages (excluding references and figures) and include a synthesis of relevant research. Nursing implications and perspectives must also be included. Manuscripts can focus on specific illnesses, treatment options, procedures, or dimensions of nursing care that are evolving from research and best-practice work. We welcome queries from expert clinicians and clinical researchers that focus on their areas of expertise.
  • Original researchAJN seeks to publish original research that is compelling for a broad nursing audience. The focus of the research can be on clinical or professional issues. Peer reviews of research manuscripts include methodological and statistical evaluation. AJN conducts media outreach for the original research it publishes when it’s of interest to a public or broader health care audience. Thus, the original research we publish is widely disseminated. Potential authors should query AJN with an abstract.
  • Reflections are stories about nursing, health, or health care that cause readers to reflect on their own practice. Reflections are 850 words in length.
  • Art of Nursing – This monthly column publishes poetry and artwork, not necessarily by nurses. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of artists and poets, most of whom are also nurses.

Please review our author guidelines for each of these article types by going to: www.editorialmanager.com/ajn  Prospective authors are encouraged to e-mail query letters before submitting through Editorial Manager, that must include an abstract and outline, without the manuscript, to senior editorial coordinator Alison Bulman at: alison.bulman@wolterskluwer.com

Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing

CFS: Real Stories of Nurses

Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays by and about nurses for a new collection, Becoming a Nurse: Real Stories of Nurses, Their Lives and Their Patients. We’re looking for stories from a variety of viewpoints, and we are hoping you will help us reach your members. Most Americans will be hospitalized at some point in their lives, and nurses will be their most consistent point of contact with the health care establishment. While doctors have long been the subjects of the more glamorous pop culture depictions of medicine, nurses provide the day-in, day-out care for patients and families. But what motivates nurses to enter, and to stay in, this demanding profession, and how are their daily lives affected by ongoing changes in the healthcare system? Becoming a Nurse will present readers with the world of medicine from the perspective of nurses in hospitals, in-home care programs, long-term care facilities, hospices, and the armed forces as they tell stories that recall and recreate the most salient moments of their careers. We are looking for writers who can write dramatically and vividly about this profession for a collection of essays, which will be published by Creative Nonfiction. Essays can be from 2,500-5,000 words but should be written in a narrative form, with scenes, description, vivid characters and a distinctive voice.

To submit, please send your manuscript to: Creative Nonfiction Attn: Becoming a Nurse 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202 Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Please include a word count on the first page of the essay, as well as your contact information and an SASE or email address for response. Any additional questions can be directed to: information@creativenonfiction.org
Submissions must be postmarked by November 30, 2011.

CFS Book Project: Becoming a Nurse

Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays by and about nurses for a new collection, Becoming a Nurse: Real Stories of Nurses, Their Lives and Their Patients. Most Americans will be hospitalized at some point in their lives, and nurses will be their most consistent point of contact with the health care establishment. While doctors have long been the subjects of the more glamorous pop culture depictions of medicine, nurses provide the day-in, day-out care for patients and families. But what motivates nurses to enter, and to stay in, this demanding profession, and how are their daily lives affected by ongoing changes in the healthcare system? Becoming a Nurse will present readers with the world of medicine from the perspective of nurses in hospitals, in-home care programs, long-term care facilities, hospices, and the armed forces as they tell stories that recall and recreate the most salient moments of their careers. We are looking for writers who can write dramatically and vividly about this profession for a collection of essays, which will be published by Creative Nonfiction. Essays can be from 2,500-5,000 words but should be written in a narrative form, with scenes, description, vivid characters and a distinctive voice. To submit, please send your manuscript to: Creative Nonfiction, Attn: Becoming a Nurse, 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Please include a word count on the first page of the essay, as well as your contact information and an SASE or email address for response. Any additional questions can be directed to: information@creativenonfiction.org  Submissions must be postmarked by November 30, 2011.

CFS: “Narrative Matters” in Health Affairs

“Narrative Matters” is the peer-reviewed, personal-essay section of the policy journal Health Affairs. Begun in 1999, it publishes literary nonfiction—based on firsthand encounters—that carry a policy message. These “policy narratives” link a story or anecdote to the big picture. They relate a strong incident or anecdote that draws the reader in and puts the policy issue on the table.

How To Submit A Manuscript: “Narrative Matters” manuscripts are submitted online through the Health Affairs Web site at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ha

Manuscripts for “Narrative Matters” do not need an abstract. Submissions will be reviewed both within and outside of Health Affairs.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Well-written anecdotal stories, based on encounters with the health care system, that explore the personal, ethical, and moral issues of delivering or receiving health care today
  • Topics with broad implications for health care that touch on policy issues
  • Unique stories or perspectives with an insider’s view
  • Introspective stories that reveal the author’s evolution in thinking about a health policy issue based on personal experience
  • Stories with dialogue and with a distinct beginning, middle, and resolution
  • A minimum of academic or technical language
  • 2,500 words or less
  • No editorials, op-eds, or commentaries; no footnotes or academic citations

Contact: Ellen Ficklen, editor of “Narrative Matters,” at 301-656-7401 or eficklen@projecthope.org . The “Narrative Matters” section is published with support from the W.K. Kellogg

Further information at: http://www.healthaffairs.org/NM.php

CFS: Creative Nursing

Creative Nursing is an issue focused journal, unique in its recognition of the values inherent in the nursing profession. Excellence and professionalism are not exclusive to any one discipline or specialty, and the editors of Creative Nursing are dedicated to developing nursing leaders at all levels and in all settings. Each issue of Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience, and Collaboration brings readers insights into topics of interest to nurses from various practices and settings. Issues usually contain several articles related to one central theme. Creative Nursing also considers for publication manuscripts on topics related to both the practical and theoretical aspects of the nursing profession, including:

  • Original articles presenting thoughtful discussion of a topic and often including a review and summary of the available body of knowledge concerning the topic
  • Interviews with clinicians and other experts in various fields related to the current theme
  • Personal stories and first-hand accounts related to thematic issues
  • Commentaries and opinion pieces

Feature sections may include:

  • Editorials
  • Commentaries and essays
  • Reviews of books and other resources
  • Creative works
  • Letters to the Editor

For further information: http://www.springerpub.com/cn