By Shawn Kennedy, AJN editorial director/interim editor-in-chief

I know some people think it’s crass and self-serving to announce awards.  Sometimes I agree, especially if it’s the “I” award – I did this, I did that, I’ve been named to this or that commission.

But I have to announce these awards because not to do it is unfair to the many  people who work very hard behind the scenes to get each issue of AJN out the door and in your hands. Every reference and every fact is checked; articles are edited, second-edited, copyedited, and then proofread multiple times. There’s a pre-edit meeting with the author; there’s an art meeting; there are weekly editorial meetings. It takes editors, freelancers, clinical editors, knowledgeable authors with great stories, copyeditors, a librarian, our talented design and production teams, and our editorial and department coordinators to work together to develop each article, each issue. Some of the people who took part in working on these pieces are no longer here and I will be sure they learn about these awards, as it is truly a team effort.

So it’s with pride and thanks to those who made it happen that I share our news about the six (count ‘em – six!) awards to AJN announced by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE):

GOLD award – Feature Article

Vietnam Women's Memorial, Washington, DC. Courtesy of Kay Schwebke.

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial: Better Late Than Never

Kay E. Schwebke; May 2009;


SILVER
award – Signed Editorial 

Who’s Watching?

Diana J. Mason; March 2009 


SILVER award –
Cover Photo

Street Nurse 

Nettie Wild; July 2009

 
SILVER award – Opening Page, Computer Generated

Stopping Eating and Drinking

Judith K. Schwarz; September 2009


BRONZE award –
Blog Post [!] 

Is it Ethical for a Nurse to Decline the H1N1 Vaccine?

Douglas Olsen; August 2009

 
SILVER award – Special Supplement

Transforming Care at the Bedside: Paving the Wave for Change

November 2009

Click on the links and check out our award winners. Don’t forget to listen to podcasts that may be associated with the articles (my favorite: the poems written by nurses who served in Vietnam).  And you can see all the winners of ASHPE awards here. Or maybe just browse our current issue, entirely free until May 15, after which time only certain departments and selected articles will be free (as they usually are).

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