1. Harris, Marilyn D. MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

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Home Healthcare Nurse: The Interdisciplinary Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional (HHN), the official journal for Clinical Practice of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), is peer-reviewed. All HHN content is directed toward home care and hospice professionals, and the "Commentary" column offers readers the opportunity to share opinions, important information, "lessons learned" or specific experiences that others want to read on the Commentary page.


Merriam-Webster (2012) defines the word commentary as:


* A record of events usually written by a participant.


* A systematic series of explanations or interpretations.


* Something that serves for illustration or explanation.


* An expression of opinion.



Benefits of Sharing for the Author

The benefits of submitting a commentary include:


* Sharing a special experience or opinion.


* Possible recognition toward relicensure and recertification.


* Expand friendships and hear from colleagues and readers across the United States and possibly around the world.


* Seeing your name in print.



Who Should Write Commentary?

HHN welcomes submissions from:


* New and experienced home healthcare and hospice nurses;


* Physical, occupational, and speech therapists;


* Medical social workers;


* Home health aides;


* Chaplains;


* Students who have a clinical experience with a home care or hospice agency;


* Volunteers;


* Patients and family members;


* Faculty;


* Supervisors/managers; and


* Administrators.



What Should You Write?

Write about


* What you know or experienced.


* A challenging patient and how quality care was provided.


* A specific successful (or less than successful) outcome.



Examples: My funniest day as a home healthcare nurse; my most memorable patient or family; providing care during an emergency situation


* A current "hot topic."


* The impact of current funding priorities and regulations on your practice.


* Patient outcomes of current best practice for a specific nursing challenge.


* New or existing programs, procedures, or tools used in your home health and hospice agency.



Suggestions for Authors

When writing a commentary, you should:


* Use your own words and write in everyday terms. The editorial staff will assist with the "wordsmithing" details.


* Do not assume that others know what you know. Share so that readers can benefit from what you learned in a specific situation.


* Include personal writing or journaling as part of your day in addition to what you need to accomplish to meet documentation requirements.


* Plan ahead. Editors work months in advance. If you have an experience that relates to a time of the year such as the holidays you need to allow time for review and comment prior to publication.


* HHN is a peer-reviewed journal. The editor sends your manuscript to at least three reviewers for comment and suggestion. When the editor receives these reviews the decision to accept, revise, or reject your manuscript and comments are shared with you. Reviewer's comments are helpful and need to be incorporated into a revision since suggested additions/changes improve the manuscript for publication.


* Check the HHN Web site ( for the list of topics for 2013 and Author Guidelines.


* E-mail the editor with your ideas for a commentary (or article).



This "Commentary" page is your opportunity to share your opinions and experiences. Everyone has something to share. The editor looks forward to hearing from you!


Peer Reviewers-Thank You for Your Time and Commitment to Excellence

Each year many of your home care colleagues serve as reviewers for Home Healthcare Nurse. They contribute their expertise to assist in the peer review of manuscripts, books, and videos. The editorial staff offers a special thanks to those who served as reviewers in 2012.


Nancy Allen, BSN, RNC, CMC


Patrice Artress, PhD, RN


Cherie M. Asgeirsson, RD, LDN


Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN


Theresa Brereton, MS, RD, CDN


Sarah Via Browning, DNP, RN-BC


Verna Benner Carson, PMHCNS, BC


Kathleen Cervasio, PhD, ACNS-BC, CCRN, RN


Arlene Chabanuk, MSN, RN, CDE, HCS-D


Jackie Crossen-Sills, PT, PhD


Rebecca Davidson, MSN, RN


Mary Deeley, MS, BSN


Kathy Duckett, RN, BSN


Cindy L. Farris, MSN, MPH, BSN, RN


Anita Finkelman, MSN, RN


Soozi Flannigan, RN, MSN, APRN-BC


Muriel Foos, RN


Susan Fowler, RN, PhD, CNRN, FAHA


Lisa Gorski, MS, APRN, BC, CRNI


Kelley Hall, RN, CHPN


Catherine Halsey RN, BSN, RPCV


Marilyn Harris, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FAAN


Margery Harvey-Griffith, MS, RN


Lynda S. Hilliard, MBA, RN, CHC


Melinda Huffman, RN, MSN, CCNS


Warren Herbert, RN


Teresa Kelechi, PhD, GCNS-BC, CWCN


Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN


Irena Kenneley, APRN-BC, PhD, CIC


Marjorie S. McCaskey, RN, MSN


Margaret McDonald, MSW


Mary McGoldrick, MS, RN, CRNI


Judith Mitiguy, RN, MS


Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, CRRN, APRN-BC, FNP


Mary Narayan, MSN, APRN, BC, CTN


Gladys Polzien, MSN, RN, CHPN


Charlene Quinn, RN, PhD


Jennifer Riggs, PhD, RN


Cathy Sasser, RPh


Teresa Jones Schleimer, MSN, CCRN, CNP


Denise E. Skinner, RN, BSN


Rebecca B. Smarr, PT, COS-C


Rachel Smith, RN, MSN


Tina Smith, RN


Elizabeth Tanner, PhD, RN


Martha Tice, MS, RN, ACHPN


Carolyn Viall, MSN, RN


Jean T. Walker, PhD, RN


Sandy Whittier, MSN, RN, BC


Rhonda Marie Will, RN, BS, COS-C, HCS-D


Lynn Yetman, RN, MA, HCS-D, COS-C, CRNAC, LNC


Carole Yeung, RN, CIC


Judith S. Young, MLS


-Marilyn D. Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN




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