Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice
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Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice


Editor
Sally Solomon Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN University of New Mexico and 2014-2015 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies

eISSN: 15527468| ISSN: 15271544|Current volume: 16|Current issue: 1-2 Frequency: Quarterly

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Indexed in MEDLINE, Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that explores the multiple relationships between nursing and health policy. It serves as a major source of data-based study, policy analysis and discussion on timely, relevant policy issues for nurses in a broad variety of roles and settings, and for others who are interested in nursing-related policy issues. The journal aims to:

  1. Provide accessible, relevant exploration of public policy, the legislative and regulatory processes, and their impact on nursing practice;
  2. Examine nurses’ roles in health policy and the political process;
  3. Explore the role of nursing in the health care system and in health policy development; and
  4. Provide a forum for evidence-based policy analysis, commentary and discussion.

Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice includes articles on a broad variety of topics and issues, including:

  • Legislation and regulation affecting nursing practice, the nursing workforce and nurses’ practice environments;
  • Political activity as a means of effecting policy change;
  • Nurses’ roles as policy-makers, including experiences as legislators, agency officials, advocates and political leaders;
  • The role of nursing organizations and other interest and advocacy groups in shaping health policy;
  • Policy-related issues currently under debate within the nursing profession; 
  • Advancing solutions to health care disparities and increasing diversity in nursing and other health care professions;
  • Nursing’s role in advancing health care quality and patient safety;
  • Health care financing and reimbursement issues of concern to nurses;
  • Comparative analysis of policy-related nursing issues in different countries;
  • Policy issues related to development of interdisciplinary practice, education and regulation; and
  • International migration of health care professionals and its impact on both host and source counties.

The journal features a range of articles on policy, politics and nursing, including:

  • Research on health services and health policy;
  • Analysis and commentary on developments in health policy of concern to nurses in a broad variety of roles and specialties; and
  • Discussion and debate on issues facing the nursing profession.

Articles reflect a variety of methods, including quantitative research, case studies, research reviews, evaluation, historical analysis and commentary.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that explores the multiple relationships between nursing and health policy.  It serves as a major source of data-based study, policy analysis and discussion on timely, relevant policy issues for nurses in a broad variety of roles and settings, and for others outside of nursing who are interested in nursing-related policy issues. 

The journal aims to:

  • Provide accessible, relevant exploration of public policy, the legislative and regulatory processes, and their impact on nursing practice;
  • Examine nurses’ roles in health policy and the political process;
  • Explore the role of nursing in the health care system and in health policy development; and
  • Provide a forum for evidence-based policy analysis, commentary and discussion.
Editor-in- Chief
Sally Solomon Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN University of New Mexico and 2014-2015 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies
Senior Associate Editors
Christine T. Kovner, PhD, RN, FAAN New York University, New York, NY
Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC
Joyce Pulcini, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP George Washington University, Washington, DC
Kathleen M. White, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Editorial Board
Barbara L. Brush, PhD, RN, FAAN University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Beverly Cleary, PhD, RN, FAAN Cary, NC
Carol Hall Ellenbecker, PhD, RN University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN Lehman College, Bronx, NY
Alexia Green, PhD, RN, FAAN Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, Lubbock, TX
Alistair Hewison, PhD, MA, BSc, RN University of Birmingham, England
Cheryl Peterson, MS, RN American Nurses Association, Silver Spring, MD
Peri Rosenfeld, PhD NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN New York University, New York, NY
Editors Emeriti
David M. Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, New York, NY
Carole P. Jennings, PhD, RN, FAAN Silver Spring, MD
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  • This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    Guidelines for Manuscript Submission

    Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that explores the multiple relationships between nursing and health policy. It serves as a major source of data-based study, policy analysis, and discussion on timely, relevant policy issues for nurses in a broad variety of roles and settings, and for others who are interested in nursing-related policy issues. The journal aims to provide accessible, relevant exploration of public policy and its impact on nursing practice, examine nurses’ roles in health policy and the political process, explore the role of nursing in health care systems and in health policy development, and provide a forum for evidence-based policy analysis, commentary, and discussion.

    Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice features a range of articles on policy, politics, and nursing, including research on health services and health policy; analysis and commentary on developments in health policy of concern to nurses in a broad variety of roles and specialties; and discussion and debate on issues facing the nursing profession.

    Articles reflect a variety of methods, including quantitative research, case studies, research reviews, evaluation, historical analysis, and commentary.

    Format

    Manuscripts should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition second printing. All copy should be double spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font, left justification and 1-inch margins. Please include page numbers. All copy should include continuous line numbering, using your word processing software’s line numbering feature. (This greatly facilitates the process of reviewing and revising manuscripts).

    Submission

    Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the journal’s SageTrack website, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ppnp. (First-time visitors to this site will need to register first; the site includes instructions for registering).

    The submitting author will be asked to provide the manuscript name, the names and contact information of each co-author (if applicable), along with an abstract of no more than 150 words and three to six descriptive key words.

    Submissions should include:

    • A title page, including the full article title; an abbreviated form of the title for a running head; the name and credentials (including academic degrees, licensure and certification if applicable) of each author; the number of pages, illustrations, and tables in the manuscript; and a brief (no more than three sentences) biographical description of each author, including institutional affiliation and title.
    • A document of not more than 20 pages containing the text of the article. This document should omit the name and any other identifying information of any of the authors. The approximate placement of each table and figure should be noted in the text. However, tables and figures should be included in a separate document (or documents), not in the text.

    The author will asked to identify any sources of funding for the article, to declare any conflict of interests, and to confirm that the manuscript is not published, in press, or under consideration elsewhere.

    Manuscript Preparation

    Manuscripts should be prepared using the APA Style Guide (Sixth Edition). All pages must be typed, double-spaced (including references, footnotes, and endnotes). Text must be in 12-point Times Roman. Block quotes may be single-spaced. Must include margins of 1inch on all the four sides and number all pages sequentially.

    The manuscript should include four major sections(in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

    Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) Notes, (6) References, (7) Tables, (8) Figures, and (9) Appendices.

    1. Title page. Please include the following:

    • Full article title
    • Acknowledgments and credits
    • Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s)
    • Grant numbers and/or funding information
    • Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

    2. Abstract. Print the abstract (150 to 250 words) on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.

    3. Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

    a. Headings and subheadings. Subheadings should indicate the organization of the content of the manuscript. Generally, three heading levels are sufficient to organize text. Level 1 heading should be Centered, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 2 heading should be Flush Left, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 3 heading should be Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, Level 4 heading should be Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, and Level 5 heading should be Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period.

    b. Citations. For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation. Each corresponding citation must have identical spelling and year. Each text citation must include at least two pieces of information, author(s) and year of publication. Following are some examples of text citations:

    (i) Unknown Author: To cite worksthatdo not have an author, cite the source by its title in the signal phrase or use the first word or two in the parentheses. Eg. The findings are based on the study was done of students learning to format research papers ("Using XXX," 2001)

    (ii) Authors with the Same Last Name: use first initials with the last names to prevent confusion. Eg.(L. Hughes, 2001; P. Hughes, 1998)

    (iii) Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: For two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. The lower-case letters should follow the year in the in-text citation.Eg.Research by Freud (1981a) illustrated that…

    (iv) Personal Communication: For letters, e-mails, interviews,and other person-to-person communication, citation should include the communicator's name, the fact that it was personal communication, and the date of the communication. Do not include personal communication in the reference list.Eg.(E. Clark, personal communication, January 4, 2009).

    (v) Unknown Author and Unknown Date: For citations with no author or date, use the title in the signal phrase or the first word or two of the title in the parentheses and use the abbreviation "n.d." (for "no date").Eg. The study conducted by of students and research division discovered that students succeeded with tutoring ("Tutoring and APA," n.d.).

    4. Notes. If explanatory notes are required for your manuscript, insert a number formatted in superscript following almost any punctuation mark. Footnote numbers should not follow dashes ( — ), and if they appear in a sentence in parentheses, the footnote number should be inserted within the parentheses. The Footnotes should be added at the bottom of the page after the references. The word “Footnotes” should be centered at the top of the page.

    5. References. Basic rules for the reference list:

    • The reference list should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the authors’ last names.
    • If there is more than one work by the same author, order them according to their publication date – oldest to newest (therefore a 2008 publication would appear before a 2009 publication).
    • When listing multiple authors of a source use “&” instead of “and”.
    • Capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if there are one, and any proper names – i. e. only those words that are normally capitalized.
    • Italicize the title of the book, the title of the journal/serial and the title of the web document.
    • Manuscripts submitted to XXX [journal acronym] should strictly follow the XXX manual (xth edition) [style manual title with ed].
    • Every citation in text must have the detailed reference in the Reference section.
    • Every reference listed in the Reference section must be cited in text.
    • Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.

    Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples please check APA(6th Ed).

    Books:

    Book with place of publication--Airey, D. (2010). Logo design love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.

    Book with editors & edition-- Collins, C., & Jackson, S. (Eds.). (2007). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. South Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.

    Book with author & publisher are the same-- MidCentral District Health Board. (2008). District annual plan 2008/09. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Author.

    Chapter in an edited book--Dear, J., & Underwood, M. (2007). What is the role of exercise in the prevention of back pain? In D. MacAuley& T. Best (Eds.), Evidence-based sports medicine (2nd ed., pp. 257-280). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

    Periodicals:

    Journal article with more than one author (print)--Gabbett, T., Jenkins, D., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(6), 578-583.

    Journal article – 8 or more authors-- Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1327/4469/

    Internet Sources:

    Internet – no author, no date--Pet therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from htttp://www.holisticonline.com/stress/stress_pet-therapy.htm

    Internet – Organisation / Corporate author-- SPCA New Zealand. (2011). Your dog may be dying from the heat [Press release]. Retrieved from

    http://www.rnzspca.org.nz/news/press-releases/360-your-dog-may-be-dying-...

    • Examples of various types of information sources:

    Act (statute / legislation)--Copyright Act 1994. (2011, October 7). Retrieved from http://www.legislation.govt.nz

    Blog post-- Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Web log post]. Retrieved from

    http://www.travelblog.org/Oceania/Australia/Victoria/Melbourne/St-Kilda/...

    Brochure / pamphlet (no author)--Ageing well: How to be the best you can be [Brochure]. (2009). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

    Conference Paper--Williams, J., &Seary, K. (2010). Bridging the divide: Scaffolding the learning experiences of the mature age student. In J. Terrell (Ed.), Making the links: Learning, teaching and high quality student outcomes. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 104-116). Wellington, New Zealand.

    DVD / Video / Motion Picture (including Clickview&Youtube)--Gardiner, A., Curtis, C., & Michael, E. (Producers), &Waititi, T. (Director). (2010). Boy: Welcome to my interesting world [DVD]. New Zealand: Transmission.

    Magazine--Ng, A. (2011, October-December). Brush with history. Habitus, 13, 83-87.

    Newspaper article (no author)--Little blue penguins homeward bound. (2011, November 23). Manawatu Standard, p. 5

    Podcast (audio or video)--Rozaieski, B. (2011). Logan cabinet shoppe: Episode 37: Entertainment center molding [Video podcast]. Retrieved fromhttp://blip.tv/xxx

    Software (including apps--UBM Medica.(2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software].Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com

    Television programme--Flanagan, A., &Philipson, A. (Series producers & directors).(2011). 24 hours in A & E [Television series]. Belfast, Ireland: Channel 4.

    Thesis (print)--Smith, T. L. (2008). Change, choice and difference: The case of RN to BN degree programmes for registered nurses (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Thesis (online)--Mann, D. L. (2010). Vision and expertise for interceptive actions in sport (Doctoral dissertation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Retrieved fromhttp://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/44704

    Non- English reference book, title translated in English

    Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lenguaespanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nded.). Madrid, Spain: Author

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the points above for references. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article. In case of any question, please contact the journal editor at ppnpcohen7@gmail.com

    6. Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title. When appropriate, use the title to explain an abbreviation parenthetically.Eg.Comparison of Median Income of Adopted Children (AC) v. Foster Children (FC).Headings should be clear and brief.

    7. Figures. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. The figure resolution should be 300dpi at the time of submission.

    IMPORTANT: PERMISSION - The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in (journal acronym). A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

    8. Appendices. They should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”).Cross-check text for accuracy against appendices.

    Review Process

    All submitted manuscripts are evaluated by at least two reviewers. Reviewers judge manuscripts for their readability, relevance, originality, accuracy, and clarity. The editors seek to complete the initial peer review of each manuscript and notify the author of a decision within two months of submission.

    Editing

    Accepted manuscripts will be edited for clarity, length, and adherence to Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice style. The author will receive an edited copy of the manuscript to review for accuracy prior to publication.

    Note for authors whose primary language is other than English:

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at http://www.sagepub.com/journalgateway/engLang.htm.

    Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author. 

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