Writing for Publication Workshop
The Hawai`i State Center for Nursing and The Queen’s Medical Center are pleased to report that the second Writing for Publication Workshop was another great success!
Nurses impact patient care in so many positive ways, but often lack the time and support to disseminate their findings to a wider audience. This six-month workshop offered the needed structure to successfully prepare a manuscript by breaking the work into small, manageable writing assignments. Each month for six months, the lessons and assignments were divided into parts of a typical manuscript: introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion. The final draft of each manuscript was submitted on the sixth session. Three faculty served as editors and provided written and verbal feedback for each written assignment.
After six months of hard work, ten teams of nurses are now in the process of submitting their completed manuscripts to the journal of their choice. And what great stories! Whether the project used a quality improvement, evidence-based practice (EBP), or research method, these nurses are transforming patient care.
For example, two teams wrote about methods to reduce readmissions – one for patients with diabetes and the other for patients with substance abuse. Another team successfully reduced the use of sitters to prevent patient falls, thereby reducing costs without an increase in fall rates. Two teams will be disseminating best practices for system-wide improvements to sepsis management and end-of-life care; another author conducted a study on predictors of code status for patients with heart failure. Improvements to nursing care for patients with obstructive sleep apnea, adolescents who’ve experienced trauma, and prisoners with mental health diagnoses are the focus of three other manuscripts. And the tenth manuscript describes one method to improve the safety culture on an acute care unit that also resulted in an increase in nurse satisfaction.
Congratulations to these authors for taking the plunge into the world of publication! Stay tuned for our next writing workshop - contact us if you’re interested at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website for more information about EBP and Writing Workshops.