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Bratton, Barbara MSN, PNP-BC

Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing: April/June 2018 - Volume 7 - Issue 2 - p 36
doi: 10.1097/JPS.0000000000000171
Message From the President

Barbara Bratton, MSN, PNP-BC University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Barbara Bratton, MSN, PNP-BC, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. E-mail:

Have you thought of writing an article for the Journal of Pediatric Nursing (JPSN) but were not sure where to begin? Do you have a clinical idea that you would love to share but are intimidated by the process of publication? Fortunately, there is solution that can help you turn your clinical efforts into a paper.

The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, has developed a free online module that creates a framework for authors by outlining a simplified method called Writing in Boxes for Scientific Journals. This tool, designed specifically for healthcare professionals, utilizes a series of questions that facilitates and streamlines the process of scientific writing (JPHMP Direct, 2017).

Writing in Boxes follows the widely used IMRaD format (Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion), which provides a sound foundation for scientific publications. This format supports a clear, concise, systematic, and objective framework (Jirge, 2017; Sollaci & Periera, 2004). Writing in Boxes breaks down each section into a manageable step-by-step process.

Not only does Writing in Boxes provide an easy-to-use tool to get new authors started, JPSN provides mentoring for authors. Together, this will provide all the support needed to assist you in publishing your first paper! Writing an article for JPSN supports APSNA’s mission to promote excellence in pediatric surgical nursing practice through educational offerings, nursing research, professional collaboration, and peer support. Not only will a publication help you in your professional growth, you are helping APSNA by sharing your expertise with your colleagues.

There is an audience of surgical nurses throughout the country who want to hear what you are doing. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

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