American Journal of Nursing coverThe American Journal of Nursing has been a crucial voice shaping and reflecting the evolution of the nursing profession since 1900. Published monthly in print and online, AJN is considered the profession’s premier journal.

AJN‘s mission is to promote excellence in nursing and health care through the dissemination of evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical information and original research, discussion of relevant and controversial professional issues, adherence to the standards of journalistic integrity and excellence, and promotion of nursing perspectives to the health care community and the public.

AJN adheres to journalistic standards that require transparency of real and potential conflicts of interests that authors and editors may have. It follows publishing standards set by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE;, the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME;, and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE;

AJN welcomes submissions of evidence-based clinical application papers and descriptions of best clinical practices, original research and QI reports, case studies, narratives, commentaries, and other manuscripts on a variety of clinical and professional topics. The journal also welcomes submissions for its various departments and columns, including artwork and poetry that is relevant to nursing or health care. Guidelines on writing for specific departments—Art of Nursing, Viewpoint, Policy and Politics, and Reflections—are available at

Visit the AJN homepage to see the latest issue, listen to podcasts, browse the archives, and more. And click here to subscribe to the journal.

Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN

Clinical Editor
Betsy Todd, MPH, RN, CIC

Managing Editor
Amy M. Collins

Senior Editor/Social Media Strategy
Jacob Molyneux

Editor, Translational Research and
Quality Improvement
Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN

News Director
Gail M. Pfeifer, MA, RN

Associate Editor
Diane Szulecki

Editorial Coordinator
Wilma James