Author on Call

The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We recently posed this question to the members of our Editorial Board:  When might the editorial board of a peer-reviewed, research journal opt not to accept a topic for peer review?  Hear what some had to say:

 

Sarah H. Kagan, PhD, RN:  All About the Science: Quality. Import. Relevance. Ethics. Originality. Contribution.


 

Ray Chan, PhD, MAppSc, RN, FACN:  When a topic has been "done to death", where there will be no meaningful additions to the literature.

 

Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN, FAAN:  Non-cancer nursing content unless the author makes the implications clear.  Oncology covers such a wide spectrum of care. The main thing about our journal is that it is international, so if an article speaks only to an American audience I would probably recommend a different journal. This would have to be something specific to our health care system and not generalizable.


 

Winnie KW So, PhD, MHA, BN, RN:  For me, the main reasons are:  out of scope of the journal and the findings of the study are unable to provide new knowledge in cancer care.

 

Do you agree with these comments?  Do you have an additional opinion?  If so, please let our Editorial Board know by commenting below!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Translation and Cultural Adaptation of the Scored Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment: An Interdisciplinary Nutritional Instrument Appropriate for Dutch Cancer Patients

Martine J. Sealy, MSc, RD; Ulrike Haß, MSc, RD; Faith D. Ottery, MD, PhD; Cees P. van der Schans, PhD, PT; Jan L.N. Roodenburg, DDS, MD, PhD; Harriët Jager-Wittenaar, PhD, RD

"There is no word for malnutrition in Dutch. For our research, we needed an instrument to assess malnutrition in patients with head and neck cancer, and the versatile PG-SGA seemed a good option. However, it was originally developed in English for the American cultural setting and it was not available in Dutch. At first I thought: how different could the Dutch setting be from the American setting? But then it hit me… To begin with, there is no word for malnutrition in Dutch. There is a word for undernutrition, and a word for overnutrition, but these words do not cover exactly the same load as the word malnutrition. This made us decide that we needed a translation of the PG-SGA that included cultural adaptation. The journey that followed led to some surprising eye-openers. A Dutch patient that is asked whether he uses nutritional supplements, is probably thinking of his vitamin pill in the morning. He may not think of the unopened bottle of sip feeding in his fridge, which the PG-SGA refers to.

When I had no experience with the PG-SGA, and first read the following question:  "How would you rate the status of the interosseous muscles – 0=no loss, 1=mild loss, 2=moderate loss, 3=severe loss", it was incomprehensible to me, because I never heard of the term interosseous. Once this was clarified, I did comprehend the question, but I still thought it was difficult. To answer it, I needed knowledge of the human muscle anatomy and the skills to distinguish between "no loss", "mild loss", "moderate loss" and "severe loss".  It was surprising how much extra information was generated by discriminating between comprehensibility and difficulty. By including questions regarding comprehensibility and difficulty of the PG-SGA during the pilot test in cancer patients and healthcare professionals, we gained deeper insight in what items are considered comprehensible, implying the formulation is clear, and what items are considered difficult, implying a need for more knowledge and/or training.

The article Translation and Cultural Adaptation of the Scored Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment: An Interdisciplinary Nutritional Instrument Appropriate for Dutch Cancer Patients is the result of our cross-cultural journey. We are very excited that this study is published in Cancer Nursing, because the PG-SGA encourages an interdisciplinary approach to nutritional care. Nurses have a valuable role, because they are often in charge of the nutritional screening process, and, if needed, often initiate involvement of other professionals. As a result of our enthusiasm for the benefits of combining translation with cultural adaptation, my supervisor, Dr. Harriët Jager-Wittenaar, together with the developer of the PG-SGA, Dr. Faith Ottery, started to provide guidance from the PG-SGA/Pt-Global Platform (www.pt-global.org), to include cultural adaptation in translation projects for the PG-SGA into other languages and/or cultures. Shortly after the Dutch version, the Portuguese version of the PG-SGA was developed in collaboration with the Platform. Currently, for example Brazilian-Portuguese, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, and Thai versions of the PG-SGA are being developed and will become available as well."

—Ms. Martine Sealy on the paper " Translation and Cultural Adaptation of the Scored Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment: An Interdisciplinary Nutritional Instrument Appropriate for Dutch Cancer Patients," published ahead-of-print on the CANCER NURSING Web site. The full article may be viewed with a subscription. 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

We are all set for the 2017 International Conference on Cancer Nursing at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, California. The dates of ICCN 2017 are July 9-12, 2017. ICCN is the world's premiere meeting for international leaders in cancer nursing research and practice and the theme for ICCN 2017 is 'Merging Research and Practice Across the Globe'. The Conference Management Committee did an amazing job putting together the program, including securing Sally Thorne of the University of British Columbia as the keynote speaker. All of the relevant program information can be found at http://www.isncc.org/page/ICCN2017.  A summary of ICCN 2017 will be included in the September/October 2017 Cancer Nursing Member Page Update.

ISNCC is also pleased to announce that ICCN 2018 will be held September 23-26 in Auckland, New Zealand. More information on ICCN 2018, such as abstract submission and registration, will be available in the coming months.

Information on ISNCC's new Strategic Plan will also be available soon. A central focus of the new strategic plan will be on cancer nursing leadership.

ISNCC is leading a number of projects aimed at increasing capacity for cancer nursing professionals around the world:

  • Eastern Europe Nurses' Centre Of Excellence For Tobacco Control (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)
  • Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions (Pfizer)
  • Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening in Latin America (American Cancer Society)
  • Sustaining Nursing Leadership to Address Cancer Care Disparities (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)

ISNCC also recently released an updated version of its Cervical Cancer Prevention and Screening Position Statement. In order to add to ISNCC's resources available to cancer nursing professionals, the ISNCC Policy & Advocacy Committee is hard at work developing additional Position Statements.

ISNCC would like to encourage submissions to its blog International Cancer Nursing News. The blog is a great platform to share experience and insights of cancer nursing professionals from all over the world.

Finally, please make sure you are signed up for the ISNCC newsflash in order to ensure you are up to date on all the latest news from ISNCC.

See you in Anaheim for ICCN 2017!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CANCER NURSING is seeking additional reviewers in the areas that emerge with special volume or demand. Currently these areas are (with corresponding classification numbers):
 
Implementation Science  4680
Intervention Studies  7900.020
Meta-synthesis  5750 (Literature Synthesis  5750.020)  
Qualitative Research  7900.040
Quantitative Research  7900.050
Women's Health  10701


If you would like to make nominations for talented reviewers, or would like to join our peer reviewer team, please contact us at cancernursingeditor@gmail.com with your recommendations.  

All potential reviewers should meet at least these basic requirements:  have been a lead or a co-author on 5 or more published papers; fluent in English; able to meet deadlines; willing to commit to reviewing a manuscript in less than 28 days of accepting the invitation to review; and willing to complete 5 or more reviews each year.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The program is essentially all set for the 2017 International Conference on Cancer Nursing at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, California. The dates of ICCN 2017 are July 9-12, 2017. ICCN is the world's premiere meeting for international leaders in cancer nursing research and practice. ISNCC is looking forward to returning to the United States for what will certainly be another very productive ICCN. The theme for ICCN 2017 is 'Merging Research and Practice Across the Globe' and the Conference Management Committee has a developed another great program. Make sure you register before May 8, 2017 in order to receive the Early Registration Rate (http://www.isncc.org/page/ICCN2017).  If you miss the Early Registration Rate deadline, make sure that you register by June 5, 2017 before the registration rate increases again!

 

Individual Members of ISNCC receive a $100USD discount to ICCN 2017, as well as many other great benefits such as an electronic subscription to Cancer Nursing. You can join ISNCC or renew your Individual Membership here: http://www.isncc.org/?page=Individual_Nurse.

 

Furthermore, members of ISNCC's Full Members are entitled to a $50 discount on ICCN 2017 registration; however, this discount does not apply to those whom are also Individual Members of ISNCC. Please contact info@isncc.org for more information on this opportunity.

 

Information on ISNCC's new Strategic Plan will be announced at ICCN 2017. A central focus of the new strategic plan will be on cancer nursing leadership.

 

Beyond ICCN, ISNCC is leading a number of exciting initiatives:

  • Eastern Europe Nurses' Centre Of Excellence For Tobacco Control (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)
  • Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions (Pfizer)
  • Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening in Latin America (American Cancer Society)
  • Sustaining Nursing Leadership to Address Cancer Care Disparities (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)

 

ISNCC also recently released two new resources related to its policy and advocacy work:

 

We hope to see you in Anaheim for ICCN 2017!