AJN is pleased to announce the creation of the Nurse Faculty Scholars/AJN Mentored Writing Award, an annual program to promote mentorship and develop scholarly writing skills among nurses. The program is open to all RNs. Each candidate, working with a mentor, will develop and submit a paper to AJN; an awards committee will choose the winning paper. The winner will receive a certificate and a $500 award to support travel for presenting the paper at a professional conference.


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This mentored writing award is spearheaded by the 2012-2015 scholars in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars Program in honor of the mentorship they received from Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Anna D. Wolf Chair and a professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and national program director of the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Program; Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN, distinguished professor and university dean emerita in the Indiana University School of Nursing and national advisory committee chair of the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Program; and Maryjoan D. Ladden, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior program officer of the RWJF. This award was created to continue the legacy of mentorship and to support scholarship development for all nurses.



The mentee must be the first author of the submitted paper and must not have previously published as first author in a peer-reviewed journal. The mentee can be an RN at any level of practice (a clinical staff nurse or advanced faculty member, for example). The mentor can be from nursing or another profession but must have previously published in a peer-reviewed journal.


Submitted papers will go through AJN's standard review process. Accepted papers will be further reviewed by the awards committee, which includes AJN editors and Nurse Faculty Scholars.


Deadline for submission is April 1, 2016.



Papers should follow AJN author guidelines (http://www.editorialmanager.com/ajn) and can be research, quality improvement, or clinical reviews. Papers should address a significant and timely health issue or clinical problem and promote the use of evidence-based practice in improving health outcomes and in supporting a culture of health in which everyone has access to affordable, quality health care.


Once accepted, papers will be judged on the overall quality of writing (use of language, grammar, style) and on their usefulness and timeliness in the context of current health care issues, as determined by the awards committee.


A cover letter should include a short description of what this collaborative writing experience has meant to the mentee and mentor. To submit, go to http://www.editorialmanager.com/ajn, and submit under paper type "NFS Writing Award," then follow author guidelines.