MEET A JCN AUTHOR
Stephanie Wynn, DNP, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, COI, is a familiar name to JCN readers. Her most recent article, “Out of the Foxhole: Spiritual Support for Veteran Nursing Students,” appeared in the January/March 2020 (37:1) issue. Stephanie told us how her passions in nursing practice intersect with her writing.
Q. Why do you choose to write for JCN?
A. I enjoy the opportunity to share scholarly work through the lens of a Christian. I believe good writing for a Christian audience should speak to the heart as well as the mind. Articles in JCN provide a broader and deeper understanding of what the Christian tradition has taught about God and his relationship to the world. Readers have an opportunity to gain knowledge related to a variety of topics, which ultimately adds an additional layer of motivation to integrate faith into nursing practice.
Q. How do you choose a topic for the articles you submit, such as “Out of the Foxhole”?
A. I write about my passions. I started working with veterans early in my career; it made my passion a little stronger as I gained a better understanding of such a distinct, underserved population.
Q. You teach in a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. How can nurses without specialized mental health training serve their patients better in this area?
A. During an initial patient assessment, be aware of mental illness cues. Depression and anxiety are the two biggest issues for patients and sometimes are overlooked. I believe behavioral healthcare should be integrated with other care. We should educate those working in primary care to recognize and treat patients' mental health needs. There are long waiting lists to see mental health specialists and people aren't receiving appropriate care. So, if we (who have specialized mental health training) can help those with less knowledge to integrate care in their primary care jobs, we all can take better care of people.
Q. You also work as an NP in a faith-based community clinic. How do you integrate faith and practice in that setting?
A. It's easy for me to say I want to share my faith with others, but then I have to make a conscious effort to share it. Fortunately, I am able to live out my faith in the workplace. This involves a great deal more than just talking about faith. I believe every step with the patient, from the initial assessment to the writing of a prescription or a referral, is covered by God's favor.
Q. What tips can you offer to nurses about writing for JCN?
A. If you've been thinking about an idea, it's worth sharing. When people come to me with an idea they want to write about, I tell them if you care about it, someone else will care about it. Stay abreast on best practices and frame all learning experiences in a Christian worldview. In the end, you will have an opportunity to make the nursing profession better by sharing with others what you know.
The article “Preferences to Receive Information about Palliative Care for Adult Patients” by Gail Pittroff and Verna Hendricks-Ferguson, published in the January/March 2020 issue (37:1), lacked this acknowledgment: Funding for this study came from the Missouri Baptist Hospital Foundation “Faculty-Staff Mentor Grant” program.
Coming soon in JCN
- Family Planning Using Fertility Awareness-Based Methods
- Increasing Awareness in Mental Health: The Power of Photovoice
- Disaster Nursing: Taking Your Faith to the Field
- Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Uptake of Flu Vaccine on a College Campus
- Spiritual Interventions Used in a Modified Diabetes Prevention Program CE
- Analysis of Nurses' Attitudes Toward a Culture of Poverty
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