Submitting Articles to Creative Nursing


Creative Nursing welcomes submissions from all walks of nursing life.  All articles and inquiries should be addressed to editor Marty Lewis-Hunstiger at All article submissions are welcome and will receive respectful consideration. Articles accepted for potential publication will undergo blinded review by independent content experts who hold advanced degrees in nursing or relevant related fields.

About the Editor

Marty Lewis-HunstigerMarty Lewis-Hunstiger, BSN, RN, MA, is a graduate of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She practiced pediatric nursing from 1969 to 2013, specializing in hematology/oncology and neonatal intensive care.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis on small group and organizational communication and a supporting program in health in the workplace. She has been the editor of Creative Nursing since 2007.

E-mail Marty Lewis-Hunstiger
Phone: 800.728.7766, ext. 216
952.854.9015, ext. 216

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Upcoming themes and deadlines:

Creative Nursing 2013 has been about Innovating: creativity, transformation, and futures thinking. In 2014 we turn to the timeless elements of our practice – the things that don’t change. We call our overarching theme Timeless Wisdom.

Issue #1, Timeless Wisdom: Ways of Knowing, is complete, and will be published in February 2014.

Issue #2, Timeless Wisdom: Relationship, will be published May 15, 2014. Deadline for this issue is December 1, 2013.

Issue #3, Timeless Wisdom: Story, will be published August 15, 2014. Deadline for this issue is March 1, 2014.

Issue #4, Timeless Wisdom: Community, will be published November 15, 2014. Deadline for this issue is June 1, 2014.

Guidelines for Contributors

Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience & Collaboration is a themed peer-reviewed professional journal, with an overarching theme for each year and a specific topic for each issue, related to the overarching theme. Each issue of Creative Nursing brings readers insights into topics of interest to nurses from various practice settings.

Creative Nursing strives to foster diverse nursing perspectives and experiences, seeking submissions from stakeholders in many locations and countries. We invite contributors with unique expertise to share professional commentary. In order to further best nursing practices, contributors with diverse perspectives, insights, and backgrounds are invited to join this inclusive nursing dialogue.

Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome and are subject to review before acceptance for publication. Creative Nursing considers manuscripts on topics related to both the practical and theoretical aspects of the nursing profession, including:

  • Original articles presenting thoughtful discussion of a topic, often including a review of the available body of knowledge concerning the topic.
  • Interviews with clinicians and other experts in various fields related to the current theme.
  • Personal stories and first-hand accounts related to the current theme.
  • Commentaries and opinion pieces.
  • Reports of research related to the current theme.
  • Reviews of books, articles, and/or presentations.

Manuscript Requirements

Authors should prepare manuscripts in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010, and send digitally in MS Word format, with tables sent as separate MS Word files. Photos and line art should be sent as pdf, tiff (300ppi), or eps files.

Maximum length of articles and essays is 2000 words including bibliography. Maximum length of articles reporting research is 2400 words including bibliography.

Copyright Agreement

The following dated agreement signed by all authors must accompany each manuscript submitted for publication:

The undersigned author(s) transfers all copyright ownership of the article entitled [title of article] to the Springer Publishing Company, LLC, in the event that the article is published in Creative Nursing. This transfer of copyright includes, but is not limited to, the worldwide rights to any and all forms of publication now known or hereafter developed, including all forms of print and electronic media. The undersigned author(s) warrants and represents that the article is original, is not under consideration by another journal, has not been published previously, and contains no matter that is libelous, unlawful, or that infringes upon another copyright.