Scholarly Writing Retreat: An NLN Mentoring Program


Weekend RetreatJuly 24 and July 25, 2021 - from 11am on Saturday until 3pm on Sunday 
Location: NLN Headquarters, Washington, DC (please note that the retreat will be virtual if the NLN office remains closed this summer)
Leader:  Marilyn Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Application Deadline
: Monday, April 19, 11:59pm ET (Applicants will be notified 1 week after deadline and will start program in early May with a one-on-one consultation) 
Program Fee
$1,500 (due after acceptance notifications sent; credit card or check accepted) 

Program Description:

The NLN | Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education is pleased to continue the expansion of the NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, now in its thirteenth year.

If you have recently completed a research study or innovative project but have not had the time to craft an article for publication, this workshop is for you. The NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat is designed to help nurse educators enhance writing skills and disseminate research findings and other work in scholarly publications. By the end of the retreat, our goal is for each participant to have a complete, edited paper ready for submission to a scholarly journal. Nurse clinicians or administrators who are not faculty are also eligible to apply. Again, having completed a research study or innovation is necessary for consideration. 
Although NLN Scholarly Writing Retreats take place during the course of a weekend, this is a yearlong experience that involves one-on-one telephone consultation, videoconferencing, and mentorship.


Marilyn Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing at Duke University, is editor-in-chief of Nurse Educator and Journal of Nursing Care Quality. She is author or co-author of more than 190 peer-reviewed articles and 23 books, including Writing for Publication in Nursing (published by Springer). In 2017, Dr. Oermann was honored by the International Academy of Nursing Editors as recipient of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication. She has facilitated the Scholarly Writing Retreat since 2008. 

Dr. Oermann will be joined by Leslie Block, managing editor of Nursing Education Perspectives, the NLN's research journal. Ms. Block was previously the managing editor of Nursing Research and senior editor of MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.

After selection and confirmation of attendance, participants will meet with Dr. Oermann one-on-one via a Zoom meeting, approximately 8 weeks before the group meets at the retreat. All participants are expected to engage in writing exercises, with guidance from Dr. Oermann, during the weeks leading up to the retreat. The goal for each participant is to submit a completed manuscript to a strategically selected journal during the retreat (more details below).  With the understanding that most manuscripts submitted for publication require revision prior to acceptance, the faculty will work on revisions with participants for a period of time not to exceed one year.

Participants will be eligible to earn 1.2 CEUs after completing an online, post-retreat evaluation.

This program addresses the following Core Competencies for Nurse Educators©:

Competency 6:
Pursue Continuous Quality Improvement in the Nurse Educator Role

Competency 7:
Engage in Scholarship

Eligibility and Selection Criteria: 

Due to the nature of the program, space is limited to 12 participants. Selected participants will be chosen through a competitive application process (sample application form (DOC)).  Preference will be given to members of the NLN, either as individual members or through their school's membership.

Applicants must have recently completed a research project or literature review or have another topic appropriate for development into a manuscript, and must submit a completed application form. The application form includes the purpose, target audience, key data that will be evidenced, and the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators that will be addressed, along with a personal statement describing the applicant's interest in participating in this retreat and greatest challenge with regard to scholarly writing.

The NLN is actively seeking ways to advance our diversity goal. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and/or papers that address diversity in nursing education in some manner are encouraged. Preference will also be given to papers that address the NLN Research Priorities in Nursing Education

Upon notification of acceptance, participants will be asked to sign an agreement indicating their understanding of their responsibilities prior to the retreat as follows: Within two weeks of acceptance, participants must schedule a zoom call with the retreat leader to discuss the topic, plan work on an outline, and review potential journals for submission. The leader will read the participant's outline and provide feedback leading to an initial draft of the manuscript. At least two weeks prior to the retreat, the leader will review the draft manuscript and provide initial editing and advice.

Weekend Retreat Session: 

Approximately one month prior to the weekend retreat, all participants will be sent a one hour recorded presentation on writing for publication to watch on their own. The retreat will take place on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25. During the weekend retreat, participants will receive assistance in preparing a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.  

Submitting an Application (online system - SurveyMonkey Apply):

Please note: Submissions are accepted online only. You must have a SurveyMonkey Apply account to submit an application. Your NLN Member login is NOT valid. If you used the previous system - FluidReview - to make a submission, your username and password will remain the same, otherwise you will need to create an account.

Submit your application here.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 19, 11:59pm ET

 For questions about the program or application process, please email .