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Kathleen Rice Simpson, PhD, RNC, FAAN




Kathleen R. Simpson, PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN

ISSN: 0361-929X

Online ISSN: 1539-0683

Frequency: 6 issues / year

Ranking: Nursing 50/103

Impact Factor: 0.898

2015 Call for Manuscripts

Smart phone apps: Acceptability and efficacy to promote maternal child health Co-editors: M. Cynthia Logsdon and Deborah Davis

Papers due: July 1, 2016

Smartphone applications (apps) are being used to deliver behavioral interventions for health. Despite the growing availability of health-related apps on the market, research on the development and evaluation of such apps is sparse. Authors are invited to submit data based and review papers on the experiences of users with apps, maternal and child health outcomes related to the use of apps, valued features and technologies of apps that enhance effectiveness, use of evidence in the development of apps, and challenges that need further consideration to ensure security of data collected by apps. Interdisciplinary and international perspectives are welcomed related to the development and marketing of health behavior change apps to promote maternal child health.

See MCN, The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing instructions for authors for information on style and formatting of manuscripts.

Questions: Contact Cynthia Logsdon mimia.logsdon@louisville.edu
Winners of the MCN Papers of the Year Award

Running list of all winners of MCN
Paper of the Year awards

2015 MCN Research Paper of the Year
Parenting Perceptions of Low-Income Mothers
Published in MCN, March/April 2015 - Volume 40, Issue 2

Authors: Webb, Jenny MSN, RN; Morris, Melanie Hall MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, CCE; Thomas, Sandra P. PhD, RN, FAAN; Combs-Orme, Terri PhD    


2015 MCN Practice Paper of the Year
Concussion Evaluation and Mangement in Pediatrics
Published in MCN,  March/April 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 2
Authors: Rivera, Robin G. MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Roberson, Susan P. MSN, RN, ANP-BC; Whelan, Margaret EdD, RN, FNP-BC; Rohan, Annie PhD, RN, NNP/PNP-BC

NEW FREE Content on MCN!

MCN is now offering some exciting and important articles as "Published Ahead of Print" (PAP). Every 2 months MCN's website will contain additional PAP articles, free to you as the reader, which are on the website months before they will appear in printed form. 


Future issues of MCN will contain full length articles on the following topics and others:

  • Posttraumatic Stress after Birth
  • Promoting Teen Mothers’ Mental Health
  • Perinatal Practices and Traditions
  • Breastfeeding Barriers and Support
  • Postpartum Sleep, Depression, and Fatigue
  • Expressing Milk for Preterm Babies
  • Postpartum Care for Women with Diabetes
  • Peanut Ball Use during Labor: RCT
  • Prenatal Care for Minority Women
  • Child Care Centers and Promotion of Breastfeeding
  • Home Visits for Pregnant Teens: RCT
  • Discharge Education and Postpartum Depression
  • Gestational Diabetes and Breastfeeding
  • Energy Drink Use by Breastfeeding Mothers
  • Special Issue on Newborn Feeding Challenges
Want to Be a Published Author in MCN?

Tips on Getting Published in MCN

Perhaps you would like to have an article published in MCN, but you’re new at the process, and not sure where to start.  Here are a few tips on how to begin. Read more...

How to Become a Peer Reviewer in MCN

MCN is always interested in hearing from qualified peer reviewers who want to read and critique submitted manuscripts for our journal.  If you are a loyal reader of MCN and other nursing literature, and you are currently practicing in one of the maternal child nursing specialties (perinatal, neonatal, midwifery, pediatrics), I’d like to suggest that some of you could actually contribute to the journal. Read more...