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Nurse Author

Who Me? Yes, You!

Mauk, Kristen L., PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN1; Almauhy, Deborah, PhD, JD, RN, CRRN, CEN, CPHQ2; Barks, Lelia, PhD, ARNP3; Black, Terrie, DNP, MBA, RN, CRRN, FAHA, FAAN4; Camicia, Michelle, PhD, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA5; Campbell, Grace B., PhD, MSW, RN, CRRN6; Dzurec, Laura Cox, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN7; Green, Theresa L., PhD, MSc, BScN, RN8; Neal-Boylan, Leslie, PhD, APRN, CRRN, FAAN9; Pierce, Linda L., PhD, RN, CRRN, FAHA, FAAN10

doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000214

Background and Purpose Potential nurse authors may find writing a challenge, including managing the publication process from getting started through submission to revision of the work and its acceptance. This special article presents strategies to help inexperienced writers develop and hone skills for journal publication.

Potential Publication Strategies Tips discussed here that may lead to manuscript acceptance include selecting a topic of interest, using motivational self-talk approaches and structuring time to write, choosing coauthors, targeting a journal for submission, writing strong sentences in active voice, developing a structured abstract, using correct citation and reference formats, understanding reviews and resubmitting the manuscript, and keeping momentum to produce continued writing results. Practical writing hints are also suggested for inexperienced writers.

Relevance and Conclusion These strategies can help guide nurse writers in planning, navigating the system, and finding success as a published author.

1 School of Nursing and Health Professions, Colorado Christian University, Ridgway, CO, USA

2 Emory Rehabilitation Hospital, Atlanta, GA, USA

3 Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation, Tampa, FL, USA

4 University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing, Amherst, MA, USA

5 Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center, Vallejo, CA, USA

6 University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

7 Boston College, Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

8 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia

9 MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA, USA

10 University of Toledo College of Nursing, Toledo, OH, USA

Correspondence: Terrie Black, University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing, Amherst, MA. E-mail:

Cite this article as: Mauk, K. L., Almauhy, D., Barks, L., Black, T., Camicia, M., Campbell, G. B., Dzurec, L. C., Green, T., Neal-Boylan, L., & Pierce, L. L. (2018). Nurse author: Who me? Yes, you! Rehabilitation Nursing, 00(0), 00–00. doi:10.1097/RNJ.0000000000000214

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