Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand welcomes articles on subjects relevant to nurses and nursing. These guidelines are designed to help you write an article, which is accurate, clear, easily read and interesting.
What makes a good article?
The main reason you want an article published in Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand is so other nurses will read it, and hopefully, learn something valuable from it. Therefore the subject must interest nurses and be written in a way that will appeal to them.
The essence of good writing is simple, effective communication - a good story well told. Even the most complicated nursing care scenario, theory of nursing practice or research study can be presented in a straightforward, logical fashion.
Tips for constructing your article
This list should help you construct an article which will be read, understood and appreciated.
- Always remember who your reader is. Your readers are nurses so what you write must be relevant and understood by nurses. The focus of your article must be what the nurse does, how the nurse behaves, what affects the nurse.
- If you are writing about a new technique introduced to your ward, explain how it changes nursing practice and its advantages and disadvantages to the nurse and patient/client.
- If you are discussing a theory of nursing practice, link this to concrete examples of working nurses.
- Avoid using big words, complicated sentences and technical jargon. They don't make you smarter or your article better. Writing clearly and plainly is your goal. Widely used nursing terms are acceptable but avoid overly technical jargon.
- One of the great figures in nursing, Miss Virginia Henderson, said: "If nurses hope to influence or improve health care in its preventive, curative, and rehabilitative aspects, they should search for a universally understood language and what William Zinsser (1976) calls an uncluttered style. He says, with reference to 'professional' writing: 'Simplify, simplify, simplify.'" (Nursing Mirror, May 11 1978, p16)
- These questions will help you pull together all the relevant information needed for your article: Who? What? Why? When? Where? How?
- Don't assume all other nurses know the ins and outs of your particular area of practice. If you are unsure about how to express a particular idea or technique, think how you would explain it to a student nurse.
- Maximum length is 2500 to 3000 words, which with illustrations, fills three pages of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand. Longer articles need to be discussed with the co-editors.
- Our reference style:
- Articles: Casey, G. (1997) Treating leg ulcers. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand; 7: 1, 22.
- Books: Minchen, M. (1985) Breastfeeding Matters. Sydney: Alma Publications.
- Type with double-spacing and wide margins on one side of the paper only.
- One copy is enough. Include your name, address, phone number, your current position and your qualifications.
- Photographs and illustrations are welcome. We can use both black and white and colour prints and digital photographs sent via email preferably in JPG format at 300dpi. Cartoons and diagrams are also welcome.
- Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand accepts articles emailed to the co-editors or on disk, as long as the disk is IBM compatible. We also require a hard copy of the article.
- Most articles of a specific nursing nature are reviewed by Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealands practice article review committee for accuracy and relevance. Authors will be informed of the outcome of that review and the reasons why their article was accepted or rejected.
- Contributors are asked to assign copyright to NZNO. If an article is accepted for publication the co-editors will send the contributor a form to sign, which assigns copyright to NZNO. Permission to republish material elsewhere is usually given to authors on request but manuscripts must not be submitted simultaneously to any other journals.