Nurse Author: Who Me? Yes, You!

Rehabil Nurs. Mar/Apr 2019;44(2):104-114. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000214.


Background and purpose: Potential nurse authors may find writing a challenge, including managing the publication process from getting started through submission to revision of the work and its acceptance. This special article presents strategies to help inexperienced writers develop and hone skills for journal publication.

Potential publication strategies: Tips discussed here that may lead to manuscript acceptance include selecting a topic of interest, using motivational self-talk approaches and structuring time to write, choosing coauthors, targeting a journal for submission, writing strong sentences in active voice, developing a structured abstract, using correct citation and reference formats, understanding reviews and resubmitting the manuscript, and keeping momentum to produce continued writing results. Practical writing hints are also suggested for inexperienced writers.

Relevance and conclusion: These strategies can help guide nurse writers in planning, navigating the system, and finding success as a published author.

MeSH terms

  • Authorship*
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Nurses / psychology
  • Nurses / standards*
  • Publishing / standards
  • Writing*