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​​​Nurse Faculty Scholars / AJN Mentored Writing Award

AJN is pleased to announce the 2023 Nurse Faculty Scholars/AJN Mentored Writing Award, an annual program to promote mentorship and develop scholarly writing skills among nurses. The program is open to all RNs. Each candidate, working with a mentor, will develop and submit a paper to AJN; an awards committee will choose the winning paper. The winner will receive a certificate and a $500 award.


The mentee must be the first author of the submitted paper and must not have previously published as the first author in a peer-reviewed journal. The mentee can be an RN at any level of practice (a clinical staff nurse or a faculty member, for example). The mentor can be from nursing or another profession but must have previously published in a peer-reviewed journal.
   Submitted papers will go through AJN's standard reviews process. Accepted papers will be further reviewed by the awards committee, which includes AJN editors and Nurse Faculty Scholars.

Deadline: June 1, 2023


Papers should follow AJN author guidelines (​) and can be research, quality improvement, description of a project implementation, or clinical reviews. Papers should address a significant and timely health issue or clinical problem and promote the use of evidence-based practice in improving health outcomes. They should be geared toward a broad nursing readership of clinicians in all settings, from acute care to primary care and community health. ​
   Once accepted, papers will be judged on the overall quality of writing (use of language, grammar, style) and on their usefulness and timeliness in the context of current health care issues, as determined by the awards committee.
    To submit, go to and follow the author guidelines; submit under paper type “NFS Writing Award.” 

Higher priority will be given to clinical articles. Here is our current list of clinical topics of interest:

  • Issues in pediatric care
  • Best practice in anticoagulant therapy
  • Acute/critical care updates (new guidelines, research)
  • Infectious disease and public health
  • Women’s health issues, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, gynecologic cancers
  • Dermatologic diseases and complications
  • Parenteral and enteral feeding updates
  • Cardiac disease: novel and emerging approaches (advances in electrophysiology, TAVR, MitraClip)
  • Bariatric surgery (pre-, peri-, and postop care, home care, long-term outcomes)
  • ERAS: enhanced recovery after surgery
  • Bedside surgical procedures (tracheostomy, PEG tube insertion)
  • Registered nurse first assistant (RNFA) role
  • Assessment and prevention of sleep disturbances in acute care setting/ambulatory settings
  • Research on outcomes of nurse residency programs
  • Care of forensic patients on acute care units
  • Continuous venovenous hemofiltration/hemodialysis and other renal therapies
  • Best practice in caring for suicidal patients on medical–surgical units
  • Nursing’s evolving role in patient safety
  • Workplace violence (assessment, prevention of violence against nurses)
  • Update on compact licensure
  • Marijuana (medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, CBD: the the nurse’s role)
  • Nursing home issues (staffing, infection control, best practices)
  • CPR update (automated chest compression devices)
  • Financial facts for nurses
  • Patient-centered care (family presence at codes, patients on quality committee)
  • Vascular access devices (CLABSI reduction approaches, ultrasound-guided vascular access)
  • Treatment of insomnia

The awarded paper will be published in AJN and will be accompanied by the following:
  • Acknowledgment of the mentee’s university/program with school’s logo
  • A brief comment, with headshot, from the dean or other representative about award or mentor/mentee dyad 
  • Brief biographies and headshots of the mentee and mentor 

This mentored writing award was initiated by scholars in the 2012-2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program in honor of the mentorship they received. The award was created to continue the legacy of mentorship and to support scholarship development for all nurses.