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Paying the Caring Tax


The current featured article for ANS is titled “Paying the Caring Tax: The Detrimental Influences of Gender Expectations on the Development of Nursing Education and Science” authored by Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP. You can download this article on the ANS website while it is featured, and we welcome your doing so and returning here to share your comments! Here is a message from Dr. Burton about her work:

This paper is the result of a lot of professional soul-searching, and thinking about how nurses are treated and treat one another in different environments. As nurses we can, in many ways literally, do anything—but we have allowed ourselves and our profession to be held back by outdated ideas about who and what we are. I wrote this paper because I feel so strongly that we have come to a critical point in our professional, educational, and scientific growth. This moment is for nursing both laden with potential and weighed down by tradition. It is time for us to shed once and for all the old ideas that position nurses as subservient to other disciplines, as ministering angels, as perfect “ladies,” rather than as the independent, creative, scholarly, assertive, and forward-thinking professionals that we are. At this historical and professional moment, it seems to me fundamentally important that nurses call openly and honestly for the implementation of social justice in our professional and personal communities, and that we start with cleaning our own “house”—our educational, scientific, and practice institutions. Who we are as a profession must not be constrained by stereotypes about gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, appearance, socioeconomic background, or anything else that we would not allow to influence our provision of safe, effective, non judgemental care.

 

Innovative Indigenous Research Methodology


The latest ANS featured article is titled “Symbiotic Allegory as Innovative Indigenous Research Methodology” by Barbara Charbonneau-Dahlen, PhD.  In this article Dr. Dahlen draws on her research focus describing the  experiences of Native American boarding school survivors who were victims and witnesses of abuse, with particular attention to the sustained impact of historical trauma. She provided this message for ANS readers about her background and her research focus:

Barbara Dahlen

I was born and raised in Olga, North Dakota and completed most of my childhood education in a mission boarding school in South Dakota and higher education in North Dakota. I am an enrolled member of the Pembina band of Indians. I earned my doctorate from Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing located in Boca Raton, FL. In recognition of the scant literature that existed on the history of Native American nurses in the United States, I began a long journey of discovery in collecting data on historical trauma.  I came to focus on symbiotic allegory because I  wanted to tell  the indigenous stories in the participants own voices to allow the voice to be heard.  This methodology came with a desire to honor the story that was given to my through honoring the sacred tradition of story at the heart of the research.

Epistemic Injustice in Women’s Reproductive Healthcare


The latest ANS featured article is titled “Epistemic Injustice A Philosophical Analysis of Women’s Reproductive Health Care in a Somali-American Community”  authored by Robin Narruhn, PhD, MN, RN and Terri Clark, PhD, CNM, ARNP, RN, FACNM.  Visit the ANS website to download this article; we welcome your comments and responses to this work.  Here is a slideshow narrated by Dr. Narruhn that gives some background on this work:

Planned ANS featured topics!


As we approach the year 2020, we invite ANS readers and nursing scholars everywhere to take a look at the topics we are featuring in the next couple of years. Even though we no longer dedicate entire issues to a topic, we continue to call for articles related to topics that we believe have particular significance for nursing and healthcare.  Here is the lineup:

Methods for Nursing Knowledge Development
Vol 43:3 –  September 2020
Manuscript due date: January 15, 2020
Vol 43:3
We seek innovative approaches to knowledge development in relation to all patterns of knowing in nursing. We also welcome manuscripts that critique any methodologic approach, manuscripts that explore the philosophic, including ethical underpinnings related to the development of nursing knowledge, and manuscripts that address the critical connections between practice and knowledge development approaches.
Humanizing Precision Science
Vol 43:4 –  December 2020
Manuscript due date: April 15, 2020
Vol 43:3
One of the trends of our time is the development of “precision science” – a trend that deserves careful consideration going forward. We seek manuscripts for this issue that provides assessment, explanation, evaluation and critique of this trend in light of the underlying foundations of nursology. This featured topic intentionally calls for both rigor and creativity that provides avenues for discussion and possible new directions in the development of our discipline.
Social Influences on Health
Vol 44:1 –  March 2021
Manuscript due date: July 15, 2020
Awareness of social influences on health (often called social determinants of health) has grown in recent decades as social, political and environmental challenges have increasingly threatened the health and all it inhabitants.  For this issue we invite articles addressing specific nursing approaches related to these issues, and advances in nursing knowledge that forms a foundation for nursing’s contributions to this important area of focus.
Historical Trauma & Health
Vol 44:2 –  June 2021
Manuscript due date: October 15, 2020
Nursing has a long history of practice and scholarship related to the care of people who experience trauma of all types. However, the health effects of historical trauma only recently have begun to be conceptualized and understood as a significant determinant of health.  For this issue of ANS, we invite scholarship that addresses this important connection and provides a clear perspective founded on nursing’s fundamental values. We welcome research reports, philosophic, including ethics analysis, and exploration of theory and evidence guided practice.
Social Justice, Big Data & Health Disparities
Vol 44:3 –  September 2021
Manuscript due date: January 15, 2021
We are seeking articles that provide a social jusice lens to the emerging ways in which big data are being used , and how these approaches can inform nursing approaches to addressing health disparities. We seek in particular articles that report research, practice, education and policy informed by nursing theoretical and philosophic perspectives.
Values and Vicissitudes of Nursing Scholarship
Vol 44:4 – December 2021
Manuscript due date – April 15, 2021
The evolution of scholarship as online publishing emerged in the past 15 years now points to an urgency to be crystal clear about the standards that shape the scholarship of our discipline, affirm these standards as collective values, and that serve as guideposts for the evolution of scholarship in the future.  For this issue of ANS we welcome manuscripts that explore the values and vicissitudes on which our standards are built.  Articles can address specific areas of focus, or more broadly on underlying philosophic concerns.

General Manuscripts are welcome any time ​

Manuscripts generally relevant to the purposes of the journal are welcome at any time. The purposes of ANS are to advance the development of nursing knowledge and to promote the integration of nursing philosophies, theories and research with practice. We expect high scholarly merit and encourage innovative, cutting edge ideas that challenge prior assumptions and that present new, intellectually challenging perspectives. We seek works that speak to global sustainability and that take an intersectional approach, recognizing class, color, sexual and gender identity, and other dimensions of human experience related to health.​​

Planned ANS featured topics!


As ANS readers have noticed, we no longer devote entire issues to a specific topic, but we do announce topics to feature in each issue.  This provides a good balance between our tradition of calling forth scholarship on timely issues in nursing and health care, and an open door for the wide range of topics that nurse scholars are exploring.  Here are the topics we have planned for the next 6 issues:

Best Evidence for Nursing Practice
Vol 43:2 –  June 2020
Manuscript due date: October 15, 2019 ​
Vol 43:2
Even though the ideal of practice based on evidence has flourished over several decades, the achievement of consistently sound practice, in nursing and in other disciplines as well, still eludes even the most well-intentioned practitioners.  For this issue of ANS we seek manuscripts that explore this dilema, examing questions such as ‘what constitutes evidence?” and “what constitutes the best evidence?” We also seek manuscripts that provide exemplars of best evidence and best practices. 

Methods for Nursing Knowledge Development
Vol 43:3 –  September 2020
Manuscript due date: January 15, 2020
Vol 43:3
We seek innovative approaches to knowledge development in relation to all patterns of knowing in nursing. We also welcome manuscripts that critique any methodologic approach, manuscripts that explore the philosophic, including ethical underpinnings related to the development of nursing knowledge, and manuscripts that address the critical connections between practice and knowledge development approaches.
Humanizing Precision Science
Vol 43:4 –  December 2020
Manuscript due date: April 15, 2020
Vol 43:3
One of the trends of our time is the development of “precision science” – a trend that deserves careful consideration going forward. We seek manuscripts for this issue that provides assessment, explanation, evaluation and critique of this trend in light of the underlying foundations of nursology. This featured topic intentionally calls for both rigor and creativity that provides avenues for discussion and possible new directions in the development of our discipline.
Social Influences on Health
Vol 44:1 –  March 2021
Manuscript due date: July 15, 2020
Awareness of social influences on health (often called social determinants of health) has grown in recent decades as social, political and environmental challenges have increasingly threatened the health and all it inhabitants.  For this issue we invite articles addressing specific nursing approaches related to these issues, and advances in nursing knowledge that forms a foundation for nursing’s contributions to this important area of focus.
Historical Trauma & Health
Vol 44:2 –  June 2021
Manuscript due date: October 15, 2020
Nursing has a long history of practice and scholarship related to the care of people who experience trauma of all types. However, the health effects of historical trauma only recently have begun to be conceptualized and understood as a significant determinant of health.  For this issue of ANS, we invite scholarship that addresses this important connection and provides a clear perspective founded on nursing’s fundamental values. We welcome research reports, philosophic, including ethics analysis, and exploration of theory and evidence guided practice.

Reconceptualizing the Electronic Health Record for a new decade: A Caring Technology?


Our first featured article in ANS 42:3 is titled “Reconceptualizing the Electronic Health Record for a New Decade: A Caring Technology?” authored by Catherine Robichaux, PhD, RN; Mari Tietze, PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS; Felicia Stokes, JD,MA, RN; and Susan McBride, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAAN. This article examines and critiques a 2009 article published exactly 10 years ago in ANS that focused on the electronic health record and propose a virtue ethics framework for the future (see Dilemmas, Tetralemmas, Reimagining the Electronic Health Record). It is available for free download while it is featured, and we welcome your comments related to this important topic!  Here is a message from Dr. Robichaux about this work:

L to R – Felicia (Liz) Stokes, Mari Tietze, Catherine Robichaux

We are very happy to have this article published in the Critique and Innovation issue of ANS. This is our second collaborative publication and we each bring different experiences and perspectives to the complicated issues inherent in the development and use of the electronic health record (EHR). Susan and Mari are nurse informaticists, researchers and educators, Catherine’s background is ethics and education, and Liz (Felicia) is a nurse ethicist, policy expert and attorney. As with our first article, this manuscript evolved from Susan and Mari’s research exploring nurses’ experiences with the EHR in which the participants described a wide range of advantages and disadvantages.  Recognizing that it had been ten years since passage of the HITECH act in 2009, we were interested in whether some of the problems

Susan McBride

described in their research were identified ten years ago. Through our literature review, we discovered the article by Petrovskaya, McIntyre, and McDonald, Dilemmas, tetralemmas, reimagining the electronic health record.  This article beautifully analyzes advanced technologies with the ethical and philosophical constructs of caring in nursing.  Rather than viewing the use of technology and caring practice as an either/or dilemma, they suggested application of the tetralemma, a Buddhist approach which expands the range of choices.

Although positive aspects of the EHR have been realized since 2009, many problems identified by Petrovskya et al. continue. We discuss these ongoing challenges to patient safety and nursing practice and suggest integration of polarity thinking with the tetralemma as a viable approach to resolution.  Petrovskya et al. also addressed the potential negative impact of the EHR on ethical nursing practice and we explore the relevance of virtue ethics and technomoral wisdom in revisioning the EHR as a caring technology.

We believe that the roles of nursing leadership, education, research and organizational accountability are all critical in addressing the issues identified in this article.  We hope this discussion is helpful to readers and we look forward to your comments.

 

 

New! ANS Vol 42 No 3 is now available!


This new issue of ANS features a number of articles that carry ou the tradition of articles that build on past content published in ANS – known as “Critique and Innovation” (also called replication in the past).  Browse the titles of all of the articles in this issue here and watch this blog for more information featuring each of the articles as they become available to download at no cost!

This issue opens with a commentary titled “Peer-Review Mentorship: What It Is and Why We Need It” by Kristen R. Haase, PhD, RN; Laura Dzurec, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN.  Dr. Dzurec, who has served on the ANS review panel for many years, and Dr. Haase, who is early in her academic career,  worked together in to explore in depth the nature of peer review and how it is conducted for papers submitted to be considered for publication in ANS.  The plan we have for mentoring is proving to be highly successful, with mentees moving on to become peer reviewers for either ANS, or for other nursing journals.  If you are interested in participating in this program, take a look at the description of this plan (also accessed from a link in the sidebar of this blog) and let me know of your interest!

Resisting Racism in Nursing


The current featured article in ANS offers critical insight into the dynamics of racism in nursing using narrative analysis. The article is by Nancy Clark, PhD, RN and Nasrin Saleh, RN, MPH, titled “Applying Critical Race Feminism and Intersectionality to Narrative Inquiry A Point of Resistance for Muslim Nurses Donning a Hijab”.  We invite you to download this article while it is featured, and share your comments and insights related to this important issue.  Here is a message sent by the authors for ANS readers:

Nancy Clark

Our article is based on the doctoral work of the second author who is a practicing Muslim nurse wearing a hijab. The article begins with a powerful quote by Nasrin Saleh stemming from her daily experiences and an encounter with one of her patients who accused her of being a terrorist based on her hijab. The article proposes a methodological approach that employs narrative inquiry framed within critical race feminism and the lens of intersectionality as a point of resistance for Muslim nurses donning to stand against their racialization.

We are very pleased to have our article published in ANS and in this special issue. Our article is timely and powerful, considering the dramatic and recent rise of islamophobia in the US, Canada, Europe and globally, and the current political climate, the heightened attention placed on Muslims by the media, the hypervisibility of Muslim women and nurses donning hijab, and the lack of knowledge on the experiences of Muslim nurses donning a hijab. Therefore, in our view, a main contribution of the article is in advocating for a collective antiracist social action in nursing by proposing a methodological approach to bring the voices of Muslim nurses donning hijab to the collective discourse

Nasrin Saleh

on racism in nursing, and to recognize and speak against the racialization of Muslim women/nurses. The article introduces religion as an axis of difference and the need for examining its intersections with gender and race in shaping the experiences of Muslim nurses donning hijab. This article is also a step forward in speaking against racism in nursing and to advance social justice.  

The Future of Nursing


The current ANS featured article is titled “Nursing Knowledge in the 21st Century: Domain-Derived and Basic Science Practice-Shaped” authored by one of nursing’s best known scholars – Callista Roy, PhD, RN, FAAN. In this article Dr. Roy proposes a path forward for nursing that is clear, well-defined and vital to the future of nursing and healthcare. We invite you to download this article while it is featured and share your comments here – let us know your vision for the future!  Dr. Roy sent this message for ANS readers about her work:

Callista Roy

As I look back on the last 50 years of progress in nursing knowledge (Roy, 2018) I feel a great sense of pride in accomplishments of setting a firm foundation for the discipline of nursing and the practice of nursing as a profession.  Still, I feel challenged by a call to nurses to move forward in building on the advances in defining nursing to create a structure for knowledge for practice that accounts for our developments and those of all the sciences. This structure gives a central place to all levels of nursing theory. In this article, I present a full picture of nursing knowledge development as domain-derived and practice shaped. The figure (Figure 1 below) includes philosophical beliefs and values and has at the center, the goal of nursing. I really feel, as did Dorothy Johnson 50 years ago (Johnson, 1968) that a clear goal for nursing is the basis for developing knowledge. I selected the goals of facilitating humanization, meaning, choice, quality of Life, healing in living and dying from a publication on a central unifying focus for the discipline (Willis, et al. 2008) that has received attention in the literature in the years since. The right side of the figure proposes that nurses use all other scientific developments, including genomics by shaping them for practice. Nurses will contribute to this knowledge in other disciplines by asking practice relevant questions. However, the major efforts of nurse scholars will be to focus on domain-derived knowledge using all forms of inquiry.

In my view, the contribution of this article is the domain-nursing knowledge tree (see Figure 2 below). I am proposing that based on the over-all goals of nursing, each nursing grand theory has a way of contributing to these goals.  Each grand theory then is the basis for a number of model range theories that give rise to practice theories. This approach is open to controversy. I ask PhD students to consider the advantages of all theories aimed at common goals of nursing. Secondly, what do they think might be barriers to all theories aimed at common goals?  Every reader will have opinions on these and other questions. Still at this stage of my work, I feel called to put forth this possibility. I would love to see how this approach might turn out. I will also enjoy whatever happens by just putting the ideas forward.

References

Johnson, D. E. (1968). Theory in nursing: Borrowed and unique. Nursing Research, 17, 206-209.

Roy, S. C. (2018). Key issues in nursing theory: Historical developments and future directions. Nursing Research. Special Focus Issue on Theory and theorizing in nursing science. 67 (2). 81-92.

Willis, D., Grace, P., & Roy, C. (2008). A Central Unifying Focus for the Discipline: Facilitating Humanization, Meaning, Choice, Quality of Life and Healing in Living and Dying. Advances in Nursing Science. 31(1).  available online only: http://www.advancesinnursingscience.com

 

 

Remembering Margaret Newman


On December 18, 2018, Margaret Ann Newman, prolific nurse author, teacher and theorist, passed over to the great beyond. Margaret authored several notable articles in ANS, was frequently cited in ANS and other journals, and she was a dedicated supporter of ANS since the founding of the journal. Her writings expanded the nursology horizon over the past 40 years with her thought-provoking work. She advanced the knowledge of the discipline of nursing, and has been a key figure in the development of nursing theory.

Margaret was born on born on October 10, 1933 in Memphis. She received a BA degree from Baylor University. After college she returned to Memphis to care for her mother, who had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gerig’s disease). Having learned from her mother that one can be healthy even in the face of disease, Margaret felt a call to nursing and entered nursing school at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. After receiving her baccalaureate nursing degree, she entered graduate nursing studies at the University of California, San Francisco and received her master’s degree in 1964.

Margaret returned to Memphis and served as UT Assistant Professor of Nursing and the UT Clinical Research Center Director of Nursing. Margaret spent the next 10 years at New York University—first in doctoral studies, receiving her PhD in 1971, and then as faculty. Dr. Newman assumed the position of Professor in charge of Graduate Studies in Nursing at Penn State in 1977, at which time she also organized an international nursing theory think tank. She introduced her theory of health as expanding consciousness in 1978 and published the earliest primer on developing nursing theory: Theory Development in Nursing (1979). In 1984, she assumed a position as nurse theorist and professor at the University of Minnesota, where she furthered the development and testing of her theory, working closely with doctoral students. In the 1980s, she served as a civilian consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General for Nursing Research. Dr. Newman retired from teaching in 1999, yet remained active for another 17 years advancing nursing theory, education, research, and practice through her presentations and publications, including her 7th book, Transforming Presence: the Difference that Nursing Makes (2008). Dr. Newman’s theory of health has been widely embraced around the world and her life will be commemorated in many countries.

For more information, visit these important resources

Nursology.net resources:

A Tribute to Margaret Ann Newman by Margaret Pharris
Health as Expanding Consciousness (HEC) Theory Page
Go to 2016 Newman Scholars Dialogue Page

Memphis Funeral Home obituary

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the fund for the Margaret Newman Endowed Chair

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