Editorial.
Article Type: Editorial
Author: Wilson, Denise
Pub Date: 03/01/2010
Publication: Name: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand Publisher: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Nursing Praxis in New Zealand ISSN: 0112-7438
Issue: Date: March, 2010 Source Volume: 26 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand (Periodical); Nursing Praxis in New Zealand (Periodical) Event Code: 360 Services information Computer Subject: Technology application
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 291893131
Full Text: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand is currently undergoing a number of changes editorially, administratively; and possibly the next issue may have a new look. I took up the position of Editor-in-Chief in November of last year around the time the administration of the journal also changed. It is now in the skilled hands of Kelly Rotherham and Andrea Bond. The changes have resulted in electronic management of much of the submission and review process. We are also exploring options for the production of Nursing Praxis that may result in a new size and look. Some may see all this as a new brush sweeping clean, and possibly you a right. However the changes are driven by the intention to ensure that New Zealand nurses have access to a quality forum publishing New Zealand based research and scholarly literature.

The ongoing viability of Nursing Praxis is of real concern. Society generally is changing technologically and moving more and more towards digitally based literature sources. Last week I reviewed a request by a company for digital distribution of literary works such as research reports. I digress here to share my fascination with e-books such as Kindles and digital books. I especially appreciate being able to download numerous books and, when travelling by air, not having to worry about extra baggage weight. These technological developments signal the need to be thinking about how the changes will affect Nursing Praxis in the future. We need to be positioned ready to respond to this surge in digital technology.

The ongoing viability of Nursing Praxis relies on contributions from nurses as contributors and reviewers. We are planning to update the reviewer database in the near future, confirming with existing reviewers their continuing participation in the peer review process. At the same time we will also be inviting involvement from potential new reviewers. Peer reviewing is an important role, one that contributes greatly to the quality of research and scholarship published in Nursing Praxis. For those who are mindful of putting their energies into activities that count toward their PBRF (Performance Based Research Funding) assessment it is worth remembering that peer review qualifies as contribution to research.

As the new Editor-in-Chief I encourage those who have recently completed research to seriously consider writing for publication in Nursing Praxis. Research undertaken within New Zealand is important--it is relevant to the context in which we practise nursing. I have just finished reading the latest round of research reviews that I receive electronically on a regular basis. Undertaken by medical practitioners, these reviews provide a commentary on the utility of research published on a variety of contemporary health topics. They are a reminder of the importance of publishing research, and also of making learned judgements as to the usefulness of the research to inform (or not in some cases) nursing practice. In this context it is concerning that many nurses, especially when upgrading qualifications, engage in research that is never published--despite good intention for doing so. I contend that those undertaking research have not only a professional obligation to publish, but also an ethical obligation to those people who participated in the research.

I can hear those of you who claim the publishing process is arduous, especially when one's heart and soul has been invested in the writing process only to have the manuscript subjected to another's critique. In part I can relate to such claims as I also have been on the receiving end of feedback that has extensively criticised my work. However I can still attest to the value of writing for publication, and undergoing the peer review process. Foucault (1988) has the following to say about critique:

A positive aspect of rigorous peer review is that inevitably the finished products are of a better quality than when initially submitted. The peers chosen to review individual manuscripts are blinded to the identity of the author(s), so enabling honest constructive feedback. Furthermore reviewers engage with the manuscripts as expert readers who read a piece of work with fresh eyes and thoughts. Reviewer and Editorial Committee feedback can be framed either positively or negatively. We aim for the former.

My previous mention of research reviews I had been reading and their value to informing practice made me wonder if readers would be interested in submitting ideas that could increase the readability and utility of Nursing Praxis. Another option would be to submit comments on the possible interest and usefulness of a section where those in practice submit short pieces summarising research undertaken in areas relevant to contemporary practice. These could include professional judgements about how the information could be used in practice within New Zealand. I welcome any suggestions

Nursing Praxis has been in existence for 25 years, and its ongoing viability depends jointly on meeting the needs of its readers and the contribution of nurses engaged in research practice and scholarship. Hence I urge all readers to consider how you, personally, can contribute. In summary the options are writing for publication, reviewing, and submitting suggestions as to how this peer-reviewed New Zealand nursing journal can be of more use to you as a reader. Such suggestions may also include ideas as to how the Editorial Board can support new writers and reviewers.

It is a privilege that I am able to write this Editorial as Editor-in-Chief and share with you the changes that are taking place.

Denise Wilson, RN PhD FCNA(NZ) Fellow of Te Mata o te Tau

Editor-in-Chief

Reference

Foucault, M. (1988). Politics, philosophy and culture: Interviews and other writings, 1977-1984. New York: Routledge.
A critique is not a matter of saying that things are not right as
   they are, it is a matter of pointing out on what kinds of
   assumptions, what kinds of familiar, unchallenged, unconsidered
   modes of thought the practices that we accept rest (p. 154).
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