To reduce extra work, we recommend submitting a 50-word summary of your story and a list of RN experts you plan to interview before writing the nursing article.
For the news portion of the magazine, we accept short, nurse-written news articles for our Local Beat section. The stories, which are about 600 words, summarize nursing events that have taken place or new nursing programs already in place at your facility. We do not accept stories that have been published elsewhere. All stories will be edited for content, clarity, length and style. Send these submissions to your regional editor (see list at left).
Stories must have direct quotes from RNs within the story. Authors cannot include quotes from themselves within the article if receiving a byline. All facts must be attributed. Do not include reference lists or use footnotes. Please include all sources’ credentials and titles and keep the article as timely as possible by making sure references to studies, etc., are no more than three years old.
The article author will receive a byline. We do not pay for articles and photos that appear in our Local Beat section from nonprofessional writers.
High-resolution photos are accepted. Group photos should include no more than four people per photo. Photos must be 300 DPI (dots per inch) resolution and in JPG or TIFF format. Action shots are best, but straight-on portrait photos are accepted.
The feature stories that appear in our local and national sections and on our website are assigned to professional writers. The stories, which vary in word count, are discussed between the editor and writer, and story direction is clarified in an author’s assignment form.
Upon submitting a story to Nurse.com written to the specifications on the assignment form, the writer must sign and fax or scan and email an author’s agreement form. When the story is submitted, authors send their own invoices to our automated system to receive payment as agreed upon in the assignment form. We pay our authors when the story is submitted, not upon publication.
Writers are expected to answer all editors’ questions and complete revisions in a timely fashion. We do not accept stories that have been published elsewhere. All stories will be edited for content, clarity, length and style.
General guidelines would be a minimum of five primary sources, or the number included on the assignment form. It is not acceptable to count a book, website or other research material as a primary source. All direct quotes must be firsthand. Please keep the article as timely as possible by making sure references to studies, etc., are no more than three years old.
In addition, we request that writers ask all sources and public relations representatives for high-resolution photos of RNs mentioned in the story. Group photos should include no more than four people per photo. Photos must be 300 DPI resolution and in JPG or TIFF format. Action shots are best, but straight-on portrait photos are accepted. We reserve the right to decline photos based on quality and composition. For detailed information, see our Photo Guidelines.
End of Shift
End of Shift articles are first-person stories about a specific RN’s experiences. Submissions should be 900 words in length. We do not accept stories that have been published elsewhere. Accepted submissions are given an honorarium and require a photo of the author for publication. Honorarium is paid upon publication. All stories will be edited for content, clarity, length and style. End of Shift article submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in writing an in-depth article on a clinical topic as a continuing education module, contact our Continuing Education department at email@example.com.
Marketing/Public relations submissions
Representatives from healthcare facilities and organizations, as well as other interested parties, can submit news releases to our editors about RN-related events, studies, recognitions, breaking news and more. It also is recommended to include quotes from RNs complete with credentials and titles within the release. Whenever possible, high-resolution JPG photos also should be included of RNs for possible use for publication.