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COVID-19 Dedicated Issue: Seeking Abstracts/Expressions of Interest for November 2021 issue.

Abstracts due: 24th March 2021 submitted to  

Nursing Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand will be publishing a dedicated issue to reflect on the nursing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Aotearoa. We are seeking expressions of interest from all areas of nursing to feature in the November 2021 issue.

The purpose of the dedicated issue is to capture nursing’s contribution and the knowledge gained throughout the global pandemic. We want to document activities and experiences from all healthcare sectors including practice, policy, leadership, education, and research to create a historical record marking the actions and decision-making of nurses.

In order to capture this significant period in our nursing history, we welcome written pieces in the form of quality improvement and Kaupapa Māori initiatives, critical commentary, case study reports, quantitative and qualitative studies and reflections.

This issue will showcase the reach of nursing which may include frontline preparedness, tracing, testing, management, isolation, and vaccination; local community engagement to promote safety and wellbeing; aged care and outreach services caring for vulnerable people and communities; nurse’s role in leadership and policy at international, national, and local levels; changes to the delivery of nursing education; and many more.  

Abstract guidelines

Maximum 250 words.

The title should be concise and indicate clearly the nature of the study/written piece.

The abstract must outline the focus of the final written piece. The abstract should include: the reason for and value of the written piece; identification of the key problem or issue (including the setting/context); the approach (or methodology) used; the (expected) key findings, outcomes, or learnings; and the implications for nursing practice, policy, leadership, education, scholarship, or research.

A blind review / selection process will be used. No identifying features such as names of hospitals, schools, clinics, facilities, or cities may be listed in the title or text of the abstract. Do not include the names of authors.

Abstracts will be evaluated for their scholarly merit and their relevance to capturing the contribution of nursing to the national COVID-19 health care response.

Where relevant please refer to the Nursing Praxis website: Māori health research: Guidelines for use of te reo Māori, and glossary

Please submit your abstract as a word document to no later than 5pm on Wednesday 24th March 2021. Include your name and contact details in the email.

You will be notified of the decision by Friday 16th April.

If your manuscript is accepted, then you will be invited to submit a final manuscript by 1st October 2021.  This manuscript will be blind peer-reviewed as per the Journal’s normal peer review processes.

The expected length of the final manuscript will be:  

  Maximum word length   (inc. tables and refs)
Kaupapa Māori initiatives 2500
Quality improvement initiatives 2500
Critical commentary 1500
Case study reports 2500 (subject to methodology)
Research studies 4500
Reflections 800


We are intending to publish at least 10 pieces in this issue.

All published articles are assigned a DOI (via CrossRef) and will be indexed by Scopus.

If you are willing to be a reviewer for this issue, or require further information, please contact:

Helen Rook    or    Catherine Cook

                                    Please feel free to distribute widely to your networks.

COVID-19 Issue Editors: Helen Rook PhD RN, Catherine Cook PhD RN, and Mandie Foster PhD RN.