The policy forum of this issue takes as its point of departure an April 2011 summit of North Carolina nurse leaders, who met to review and discuss recommendations from The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, a report recently published by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Commentaries from experts across the state affirm the importance of ensuring that an effective, educated nursing workforce is present; that nursing education involves a seamless process; that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training; that nurses are full partners in redesigning health care; and that an effective, comprehensive health care workforce planning system is in place. Also in this issue, original articles address the use Charlotte-area emergency departments for primary care services and the presence of defibrillators in North Carolina public schools.
Call for Applications and Nominations for Editor in Chief of the NCMJ
The North Carolina Institute of Medicine and The Duke Endowment seek candidates for the position of editor in chief of the NCMJ. The position is part-time, includes a stipend, and runs for a term of 3 years, beginning in January 2012. Nominations of and applications from qualified candidates will be accepted. The deadline for receipt of nominations is September 30, 2011; the deadline for receipt of applications is October 28, 2011.
The mission of the NCMJ is to disseminate health policy content among North Carolina health professionals, policymakers, and interested lay persons by publishing authoritative commentaries and original research on an array of health-related subjects. The NCMJ was founded as the North Carolina Medical Journal in 1849 by the North Carolina Medical Society. Since 2002, the NCMJ has been published by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and The Duke Endowment. Six issues are published annually, with a circulation of 30,000.
The editor in chief is responsible for overseeing NCMJ content, including identifying topics for theme issues, recruiting expert contributors, and reviewing contributions for accuracy and quality. The editor in chief plays an important role, along with the publishers and the managing editor, in strategic and operational planning. Candidates must have broad understanding of the North Carolina health system and knowledge of the efforts of leading health care professionals, researchers, and policymakers across the state; candidates should have previous editorial experience with scholarly and/or quasi-scholarly publications and must be able to contribute the time and leadership necessary for timely publication of high-quality content.
Nominations should include a short description of the relevant qualifications of and contact information for the candidate(s). Applications should include a brief summary of the candidate’s background, as well as a short discussion of the candidate’s perspectives on the current status of the NCMJ, opportunities for the NCMJ’s growth and enhancement, and plans for capitalizing on these opportunities. Materials should be saved as a pdf document and should not exceed 2 pages.
Please e-mail materials to Dr. Pam Silberman, president and chief executive officer of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, at email@example.com.