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May 16, 2016
President's Message: Healthy Debate

I am reminded that debate is always necessary and usually healthy. This is particularly true for organizations with policy as a mission. The reminder came by way of a recent concern raised by members of one of our Expert Panels about the Academy's guidance and policy related to authorship of papers published in the Academy's pages of Nursing Outlook. The concern was raised via a letter sent to each of the Expert Panels and a selection of journal editors asking for support of a position that authorship of Academy position statements ought to "include those who actually initiate, develop, and write policy products as named authors of the materials they develop on behalf of the Academy". This has been an ongoing concern among some of our Fellows who disagree with the Academy's policy around acknowledging authors of position statements and policy briefs developed by Expert Panels on behalf of all of us in the Academy. A year ago the Board updated the policy with a manuscript option that allowed for individuals to be included as authors. However the latest dialogue has made it clear that the concerns remain.  As you are all aware, policy statements and briefs go through significant review and vetting to make sure they are consistent with Academy positions and reflect the Academy, not an individual author or authors. But without authors who step forward and take on the work of developing these statements this valuable work may not get done. So, there lies the dilemma; how much of this work should be attributed to individual authors and how much is attributed to the Academy as a whole? 

The current policy addresses several types of Academy products. Our Expert Panel Toolkit states that: "Authorship of policy products published on the Academy journal's Policy Pages is understood to be the Academy; the expert panel and specific authors are acknowledged in the acknowledgement section of the policy product". Given the concern raised by some of our Fellows, the Board has recently revised the policy and it will become part of the Expert Panel Toolkit. Please read the new policy that appears on the AAN website under Roles and Responsibilities of Expert Panels. Here are the primary changes: 

Authorship.  Authorship and submission of policy products for publication in the Academy Policy Pages of Nursing Outlook must follow specific guidelines to assure that the statements represent the official position of the Academy. The following guidelines outline how the policy product authorship should be represented.

  • The American Academy of Nursing on Policy must appear as the heading of all policy products published in the Academy pages. The title of the paper should appear below the Academy heading.
  • Authors' names will be listed below the title of the paper. Author affiliation is with the sponsoring EP.
  • Following final board approval the timing of the submission of the paper to Nursing Outlook for publication will be coordinated by the Academy CEO to assure that the volume of papers for each issue is managed. 
  • When a paper is ready for submission, the lead author will be notified by the Academy CEO and may then submit the paper to Nursing Outlook as corresponding author. The paper is submitted via email to Swaminathan Nagarajan (swami.nagarajan@elsevier.com with a cc to Cheryl Sullivan (cheryl_sullivan@aannet.org). The email should indicate that this is a submission to the Academy Pages. Galley proofs will be sent to the lead author and the Academy CEO.
  • If authors want to request reprints or color graphics, they will be responsible for the cost.

As always, I welcome the opportunity to hear from our Fellows; particularly when we have differing views. My thought is that dialogue, debate, and compromise are the best ways forward.


Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN 

Academy 2016 Policy Conference

Save the date! The 2016 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference will be held October 20 - 22, 2016 at the Marriot Marquis Washington, DC. We look forward to seeing you there. Registration will open in late May.

Call for Abstracts

Submit your abstract for the Academy's 2016 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference. Please carefully review the submission guidelines, all abstracts must be submitted by Monday, June 24, 2016, 11:59 p.m. (EDT)Submit your abstract.

Council 2016 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research

The 2016 Determinants of Health State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research will be held September 15 - 17, 2016 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. Register today - Early Bird Registration is now open!

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

15th Anniversary Council/Partners Nurse Scientist Research Grant

In recognition of the achievements of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science in advancing nursing science, a special research grant is being offered for nurse scientists who have completed their PhD but who have not yet received a NIH RO1 or comparable research award. The 15th Anniversary grant of $15,000 is made possible through the contributions of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and its organizational partners (ANF, ENRS, MNRS, SNRS, STTI, and WIN). The online application is now available at www.nursingscience.org/awards-grants

All applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on June 1st, 2016.

Thank You Academy Supporters

We are proud to acknowledge the generosity of our supporters and their commitment to the Academy. The list below represents Academy supporters who have made unrestricted gifts to the Rheba de Tornyay Development Fund and/or restricted gifts designated for the Institute for Nursing Leadership or Raise the Voice at the President's Circle level of $1,000 and above from April. Each dollar raised directly supports the Academy's mission of transforming health policy and practice through nursing knowledge.RDT/INL/RTV

  • Clara L. Adams-Ender
  • Susan Albrecht
  • Dawn Bazarko
  • Judy Beal
  • Joan Shinkus Clark
  • Connie Delaney
  • Kathleen Gallo
  • Catherine Alicia Georges
  • Susan Groenwald
  • Deborah Gross
  • William Holzemer
  • Tara Hulsey
  • Elaine Larson
  • Angela McBride
  • Marilyn Parker
  • Robert V. Piemonte
  • Maureen White
  • Louise Woerner
  • Phyllis Zimmer
Become a President's Circle member today!
Fellow Achievements

Patricia Flatley Brennan, PhD, RN, FACMI, FAAN, was appointed as director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is expected to begin her new role in August 2016. Dr. Brennan was inducted into the Academy in 1991.


Marie Annette Brown PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, was inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame for Washington State Nurses Association. Dr. Brown is a Professor and Vice Chair for Education for the University of Washington. She was inducted into the Academy in 1992.

Susan K. Riesch, PhD, RN, FAAN, was selected as one of the 50 Distinguished Alumni for the 50th Anniversary of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing in April. Dr. Riesch is a Professor Emerita at the UW-Madison. She earned her BS and MS degrees at UW-Milwaukee and her PhD at Rush University, Chicago. Dr. Riesch was inducted into the Academy in 1989.

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