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Monday, February 27, 2017



See below for agenda.


The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


Free, but advance registration is required

Sponsored by

The Heilbrunn Family Foundation - Center for Nursing Research, the Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT) “FIRE” and the Academy Section on Nursing

GUEST SPEAKER: Jill Cirasella, MSc, MS
“You know what you write, but do you know your rights?”

Getting your work published is challenging and exhilarating, but going through the processes are sometimes like navigating a terrain with unknown peaks and pitfalls. Rules and rights are sometimes obscure in the growing open access world, and the new scientist needs a guide to understand some of the steps along the way. This session will present some important points for all prospective authors to know and kindred advice from four editors’ viewpoints.

Jill Cirasella, MSc, MS
Jill Cirasella is Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In this position, she oversees reference, instruction, outreach, circulation, interlibrary loan, and thesis/dissertation services, and leads the library’s scholarly communication initiatives. Jill is a vocal advocate of open access to scholarly literature and seeks to promote understanding and adoption of open access at CUNY and beyond.


Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, FN, FAAN
Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing (AJN). This is a position she’s held since 2009 after serving in a variety of other positions at the journal. She is author of several book chapters and numerous articles in AJN and other professional journals, she coauthored with Thelma Schorr, 100 Years of American Nursing-Celebrating a Century of Caring (Lippincott, 1999), a pictorial documentary of nursing in the United States in the 19th century.

Donna M. Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN
Professor & Executive Officer, DNS/PhD Nursing Program, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY); and Editor, Nursing Economic$, the journal for health care leaders, a position she’s held since 2007. In addition to the journal, she is the co-editor of the health policy book now in its third edition.

Veronica D. Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor & Associate Dean, Director of the PhD Program and Center for Nursing Research and Scholarly Practice, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY; and Associate Editor, Nursing Outlook, official journal of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). She was the past editor of Pediatric Nursing, a clinically focused research journal for the practicing nurse.

Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Elaine L. Larson is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Research, Columbia University School of Nursing. She has been Editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1994, and has published more than 400 journal articles, four books, and a number of book chapters.

Join us for an evening of “Navigating the Publishing Landscape” and hear from experts to:

  • Discuss the growing opportunities and pitfalls of open access publishing;
  • Understand copyright issues and challenges related to your published works;
  • Identify key priorities for submitting to peer-reviewed journals including impact factor, dissemination, and readership.

Evening Agenda:
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Early Arrival for Library Tours & Social Hour at New York Academy of Medicine
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Guest Speaker: Jill Cirasella
“You know what you write, but do you know your rights?”
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Moderated Panel Discussion with Four Journal Editors
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Q&A – Open Dialogue

“FIRE” Main Mission: “Planning ways to connect our PhD students for networking and collaboration.”

Goal: To share and engage in collegial networking, research, resources, and creativity to improve clinical outcomes through our research and scholarship.

Plan: To meet in the 2016 – 2017 academic year twice at events designed to promote dialogue between and among PhD students, faculty and leaders in research related endeavors.

Sessions: Designed to provide high impact content and discussion that promotes conversation and collaboration among emerging scientists in nursing.


  • Become aware of possible programs of research across faculty and students that may complement and enhance each other; courses offered; areas of specialty etc.
  • Break down walls of competition and replace them with generosity and collaboration;
  • Share our passion for research and scholarship among PhD students and faculty across programs;
  • Identify resources across programs and facilitate mutually beneficial collaborations between faculty and students;
  • For PhD Program Directors and Faculty: Share and support pearls of wisdom and lessons learned.

8-College/University PhD Student and Faculty Networking Group from the Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT)

Participating SchoolsDirector/Faculty Contact
Adelphi UniversityPatricia Donohue-Porter
Columbia UniversityArlene M. Smaldone
The Graduate Center, City University of NYDonna Nickitas
Molloy CollegeVeronica Feeg
New York University Meyers College of NursingSusan Sullivan-Bolyai
Rutgers UniversityKaren Dalonzo
Seton Hall UniversityBonnie Sturm
Yale UniversityRobin Whittemore