Over the past year I have had a great experience with one of the authors of an article in the current issue of CJON. I had the privilege of being a mentor in the CJON Writing Mentorship Program several times over the years. In this amazing program from ONS, the editor of CJON pairs a novice writer who has an idea for an article with a seasoned writer who provides guidance and support to get an article to publication. The mentor helps to keep the writer on target and provides tips and encouragement along the way.
Evidence of the success of this program can be seen firsthand. I was fortunate to be paired with Erica Fischer-Cartlidge, MSN, RN, CBCN®. I live in St. Louis, MO, and Erica is a clinical nurse specialist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Her area of expertise is breast cancer. We have never met each other in person, and we don't even live in the same time zone.
Erica is a great example of what a determined nurse can do. She has developed an amazing program to encourage certification where she works. She has developed a course that not only prepares nurses to take the certified breast care nurse (CBCN®) certification exam but also increases the knowledge base about breast cancer in all of the nurses who access the course. She has taken this a step further and collected data on the effectiveness of the course and used those data to make enhancements and modifications to the course. In addition to celebrating the publication of the article on this process we should celebrate the example of a nurse doing the right thing and ultimately making care better for patients and families. Make sure you take time to read the article.
I hope each of you celebrates National Nurses Week in some way. Think about all of the wonderful things nurses do. If you have something you think you can share in a journal and have never written an article for publication, check out the CJON Writing Mentorship Program. Contrary to what many may think, editors want submissions and they want to help you be successful in getting an article to print. This is exactly why CJON offers the program.
Because it is unlikely that I will get to see Erica any time soon, I asked her to send me a picture of her with the article.I wanted to see her happiness and joy at a major accomplishment.Clearly she is happy as she should be.The good news is that she is already thinking about another article we may coauthor together.She has much to share. Happy Nurses Week!
Suzanne Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN®, APNG, is a professor in internal medicine and adult nursing at Saint Louis University where she has run the Hereditary Cancer Program in the Saint Louis University Cancer Center since 1999. She has been an oncology nurse for 30 years. Suzanne lives in Sunset Hills, MO, with her loving husband Jerry who is a geriatrician. Her oldest daughter, Emily, has degrees in music therapy and nursing and works as an RN caring for the older adult population. Suzanne’s middle daughter, Maureen, recently completed her BSN and is working with neurosurgical patients, and her youngest daughter, Elaine, is pursuing a BSN with a minor in public health from Saint Louis University. Suzanne’s energetic lab mix dog, Maggie, keeps her busy and active. Outside of nursing she is proud to be an active parent in her girls’ lives and enjoys reading, swimming, fishing, and cross stitching.