Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Meet the Editors: Brenda Roe

Ten things about Brenda

1. Why did you become a nurse?
At school I was passionate about human biology and after studying it as an undergraduate I wanted to become a nurse and apply that knowledge to the care of people. I have always been interested in understanding, identifying and using evidence to inform the care of people, their families and communities. Nursing is an art and science that requires different evidence to inform clinical practice, services and policy.

2. Why did you become an editor?
Becoming an editor was a natural progression from being a researcher, writer and author. Being an editor is a form of scholarship that requires experience, creativity, precision, vision and the ability to encourage others to write well.

3. What is the best thing about being an editor?
That I get to read first hand manuscripts from all over the world on a range of different studies from individual authors to large experienced research teams working across countries. Each has the power to make a difference.

4. What makes JAN unique?
It remains true to its aims and scope, and does what ‘it says on the tin.’ It advances nursing knowledge for policy and practice through research and scholarship.

JAN contributes to the advancement of evidence-based nursing, midwifery and healthcare by disseminating high quality research and scholarship of contemporary relevance and with potential to advance knowledge for practice, education, management or policy.”

5. What is your favourite paper published in JAN this year and why?
My favourite paper in JAN this year is by Moss H & O’Neill D (2013) The aesthetic and cultural interests of patients attending acute hospital – a phenomenological study. It makes an important contribution to the emerging field of arts, health & ageing and is novel as it is in the hospital setting as opposed to the community. I enjoyed and value it so much I was inspired to write an editorial on this very topic - Arts for health initiatives: An emerging international agenda and evidence base for older populations which will accompany it in JAN.

6. What advice would you give to an author?
Write something every day even if it is a small amount of text and work to a plan. Over time the amount of text increases and takes shape and form. Text can then be edited and polished to make it more succinct and sharp with a clear message, flow and argument. Ask critical friends to comment on your work and make suggestions to polish it. Submit your work for publication and peer review.

7. What advice would you give to aspiring editors?
Perfect your craft as an author, then edit a book, become a peer reviewer for a range of journals and then apply to be on an editorial board of a journal that you most admire.

8. What annoys you most about poor manuscripts?
Authors who do not follow the journal’s guide to authors and that they do not cite and critique a range of international sources on their topic which would clearly demonstrate their knowledge, justify their study and advance evidence.

9. What are the main challenges for nursing in the next decade?
The main challenges for nursing in the next decade are increasing populations, people living longer with a range of long term conditions requiring support and care in the community, economic constraints on health and social services with a shortage of qualified nurses, particularly in communities. Having to work differently across teams of staff with a range of skills and using new technologies to deliver effective evidence based care will also be both a challenge and opportunity.

10. Who do you recommend to follow on Twitter?
Well, JAN of course!

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