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Call for papers - Digitalization of nursing

Guest Editors:
Konstantinos Antypas: SINTEF Digital, Norway
Mattias Georgsson: Jönköping University, Sweden
Nancy Staggers: University of Utah, US

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 9 August 2024

BMC Nursing is calling for submissions to our Collection on the digitalization of the nursing profession. Modern healthcare is increasingly being supported and supplemented by the implementation of digital resources. Nurses are vital to the functioning of the health care sector, a sector that is more and more dependent on various digital interventions and methods of work. This Collection seeks to highlight research focused on the implementation and usage of digital health resources within the nursing profession.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Konstantinos Antypas: Research Manager, SINTEF Digital, Norway | Senior Researcher, Norwegian Centre for E-health Research, Norway

Konstantinos Antypas is a nurse and researcher with main research interests in eHealth and innovative health services. He studied nursing and health informatics in Greece and earned a PhD in eHealth and telemedicine in Norway. He is working as Research Manager of the “E-health and innovation” group at SINTEF Digital and as Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research. His recent research focuses on improving healthcare in low-income African countries through better eHealth.

Mattias Georgsson, PhD, RN, FAMIA: Assistant Professor, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Sweden

Mattias Georgsson is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Jönköping University, Sweden where he lectures in eHealth and nursing informatics. His research focuses on evaluation methods for digital health interventions. He has been a research fellow with the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics, and the Johns Hopkins University Department of Health Science Informatics. He is a registered nurse with a Master’s degree in Nursing and in Health Informatics from Karolinska Institutet and a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Chalmers University of Technology. He completed his PhD in Applied Health Technology at Blekinge Institute of Technology. He is Chair of the Swedish Society for Nursing Informatics and Vice Chair of the European Federation for Medical Informatics – Nursing Informatics Working Group.

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN: Adjunct Professor, College of Nursing, University of Utah, US

Nancy Staggers is a nursing informatics innovator whose expertise is user experience and large clinical systems implementations. She led enterprise electronic health record installations for the US Department of Defense and for private organizations. Her research program concentrates on the user experience of electronic health records and mobile apps UX as well as informatics competencies for nurses. She was an U.S. Army nurse for 25 years and then an informatics professor at the University of Utah, the University of Maryland, and the University of Alabama Birmingham. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Utah.

About the collection

BMC Nursing is calling for submissions to our Collection on digitalization in support of the nursing profession. 

Nurses comprise the largest group of professionals in the health care sector today with a vast number of nurses in diverse specializations. Nursing is vital to the functioning of the healthcare sector, a sector that is more and more dependent on various digital interventions and methods of work. To effectively use these interventions in the nursing process, nurses have an imperative to acquire the requisite knowledge, professional skills and experience to employ digital health methods. 

A primary objective of this Collection is to foster focused attention on the fact that nurses, within their specialties, have a critical role in all digital health initiatives across the profession’s six core competencies: Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork and Collaboration, Evidence-based Practice, Quality Improvement, and Safety and Informatics. The nursing profession has a central role in the development, implementation, and evaluation of digital health interventions. This Collection will highlight the commitment of nurses all over the world as they contribute to the field of digital health.

BMC Nursing welcomes submissions that contribute to the understanding of the field of digital health from a clear nursing profession perspective. Submissions can address a broad array of topics across the practice, theory and research. The themes constitute, but are not limited to:
  •  Social, cultural, ethical, and privacy issues related to digitized systems 
  •  Nursing theories, models, frameworks, and practices of nursing
  •  All aspects of implementation and contexts, from high- to low-income countries
  •  New nursing roles related to digitalization in healthcare
  •  Person-centered digital health
  •  The digital divide and exclusion in nursing
  •  Digital skills for nurses, and nursing education for digital health
  •  New technologies and nursing
  •  Innovative perspectives on the intersection of nursing and digital health

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  1. ICU nurses provide critical care and meticulously document electronic medical records (EMRs), tracking vital signs, interventions, and medication hourly. Despite China’s ICUs effectively integrating real-time ...

    Authors: Shuai Zhang, Yin Yin Quan and Juanhong Chen
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:493
  2. The metaverse is a new and developing technology used in the field of healthcare. The perception of future explains time as a psychological phenomenon rather than a physical one. This study aimed to determine ...

    Authors: Eda Ergin, Turgay Yalcinkaya and Sebnem Cinar Yucel
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:414
  3. None of the early M-Health applications are designed for case management care services. This study aims to describe the process of developing a M-health component for the case management model in breast cancer...

    Authors: Hong Chengang, Wang Liping, Wang Shujin, Chen Chen, Yang Jiayue, Lu Jingjing, Hua Shujie, Wu Jieming, Yao Liyan, Zeng Ni, Chu Jinhui and Sun Jiaqi
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:385
  4. Clinical education plays an essential role in shaping the nursing identity and is one of the central elements in the education of nursing students. Today, with the advancement of novel technologies, utilizing ...

    Authors: Maryam Khoshbakht-Pishkhani, Nazila Javadi-Pashaki, Niloufar Asgharzadeh Esfandi, Masoomeh Bagheri Koodakani, Saman Maroufizadeh and Ali Hamidi Madani
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:381
  5. Errors in medication administration by qualified nursing staff in hospitals are a significant risk factor for patient safety. In recent decades, electronic medical records (EMR) systems have been implemented i...

    Authors: Raneen Naamneh and Moran Bodas
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:270
  6. The growing use of cannabis in adolescence is a public health problem that must be addressed through prevention. In Spain, the average age of initiation of cannabis use in the adolescent population is 14.8 yea...

    Authors: Marta Lima-Serrano, Carmen Barrera-Villalba, Isotta Mac-Fadden, Ilse Mesters and Hein de Vries
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:239
  7. As the population ages, a plethora of digital and mobile health applications for assistance with independent living have emerged. Still unknown, however, is how older adults sustain the use of these applications.

    Authors: Arkers Kwan Ching Wong, Jonathan Bayuo, Frances Kam Yuet Wong, Karen Kit Sum Chow, Siu Man Wong, Bonnie Bo Wong and Khloe Hau Yi Law
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:232
  8. Nursing faces increasing pressure due to changing demographics and a shortage of skilled workers. Artificial intelligence (AI) offers an opportunity to relieve nurses and reduce pressure. The perception of AI ...

    Authors: Domenic Sommer, Lukas Schmidbauer and Florian Wahl
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:205
  9. Providing informal care for individuals with dementia is frequently a challenging and demanding experience that can have detrimental effects on the psychological well-being of caregivers. Regrettably, communit...

    Authors: Shanshan Wang, Jing Qin, Daphne Sze Ki Cheung, Stefanos Tyrovolas, Sze Him Isaac Leung, Angela Yee Man Leung and Patricia Mary Davidson
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:84

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Digitalization of nursing" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.