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Creative Nursing

SKU# 10784535

A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience, and Collaboration

Editors: Marie Manthey, MNA, FRCN, FAAN

ISSN: 10784535

eISSN: 19461895

FREQUENCY: Quarterly


Special Anniversary Issue - Celebrating 10 Years

Creative Nursing is an issue-focused journal, unique in its recognition of the values inherent in the nursing profession. Excellence and professionalism are not exclusive to any one discipline or specialty, and the editors of Creative Nursing are dedicated to developing nursing leaders at all levels and in all settings.

Today's health care institutions need creative and innovative solutions. Nurses need to think creatively, to experiment, to take risks, and to innovate. Creative Nursing promotes best practices in all aspects of caring—caring for self, patients, families, colleagues, and communities.

You became a nurse because of your sincere dedication and commitment to helping others in their time of need. Nursing is both your profession and avocation. But, perhaps, somewhere along the way you or others with whom you work have run into roadblocks, impediments to successful nursing that leave you wondering about the cause for the disconnect between how you believe things should work and how they actually do work. Can you effect change? Can you offer solutions? Creative Nursing provides you with articles that reaffirm your beliefs in the power of nurses and the practice of nursing in our health care system and provides strategies for dealing with, and overcoming, difficult situations successfully. Whether you need to reconnect with your passion for the art of nursing and patient care or are looking for successful techniques to use to infuse your enthusiasm in your colleagues and staff, Creative Nursing is the journal you need.

Founded and published by Marie Manthey, nursing pioneer and award-winning author, Creative Nursing is edited by nurses who love the profession and have a vision for its future. For more than 20 years, Creative Nursing has helped nurses in all settings develop their professional practice. Our editors and authors use their unique vision and voice to lead meaningful conversations about what it means to be a nurse.

Visit Creative Nursing online on Springer Publishing Connect to view tables of contents of recent issues or to subscribe.

Comments from Creative Nursing readers:

"There is an ethical difference in the pages of Creative Nursing Journal."

"I love the articles and thoroughly enjoy the magazine."

"Nursing is an art form. The editors of CN know this."

"Nursing leadership needs Creative Nursing's perspective and encouragement as well as its practical 'nuts and bolts' approach to our daily challenges."

"So many things beat us down and cause us to question our worth—CN renews my spirit."

"Creative Nursing has its finger on nursing's pulse."

Editorial Board 


Marie Manthey, MNA, FRCN, FAAN
President Emeritus, Creative Health Care Management
Minneapolis, MN


Marty Lewis-Hunstiger, BSN, RN, MA
Retired Pediatric Nurse and Preceptor
Managing Editor, Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies
Affiliate Faculty, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Minneapolis, MN


Mary Koloroutis, MSN, RN
CEO and Consultant
Creative Health Care Management
Urbana, IL

Susan Lampe, MS, RN
Retired Adjunct Professor, Minnesota State University-Mankato
School of Nursing
Minneapolis, MN

Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Specialty Coordinator, DNP in Health Innovation and Leadership
Minneapolis, MN

Laurence A. Savett, MD, FACP
Retired Internist
Clinical Professor of Medicine (retired)
University of Minnesota Medical School
St. Paul, MN

Lorraine Steefel, DNP, RN, CTN
Nurse Educator/Clinical Coordinator
Rutgers University Behavioral Health
Care/University Correctional Health Care
Trenton, NJ

Lori Steffen, MA, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
St. Catherine University
St. Paul, MN

ChrysMarie Suby, ANP, MS
President/CEO, Labor Management Institute
Bloomington, MN

Dori Taylor Sullivan, PhD, RN, BC, CNA, CPHQ, FAAN
Leadership/Education/Quality Consultant
Stuart, FL



Creative Nursing is a quarterly themed journal, with an overarching theme for each publication year, and a related theme for each of the four issues. Recent overarching themes include Speaking, Listening, and Beyond; Partnerships in Practice; Innovating; Timeless Wisdom; From Experience to Empowerment; Determinants of Health; Questioning Authority; and, for 2018, Cornerstones of Healing. The four issues for 2018 are:

  • Issue 1 – Cornerstones of Healing: Finding Meaning.
  • Issue 2 – Cornerstones of Healing: Advancing Quality and Safety.
  • Issue 3 – Cornerstones of Healing: Living the Code of Ethics.
  • Issue 4 – Cornerstones of Healing: Uncovering Hidden Resources.


Creative NursingCreative Nursing considers for publication manuscripts on topics related to both the practical and theoretical aspects of the nursing profession, including:

  • Original articles presenting thoughtful discussion of a topic related to the theme of the issue in which
  • It appears, including a review and summary of the available body of knowledge about the topic
  • Reports of original research
  • Reports of projects
  • Reviews of literature
  • Analysis of nursing theories or concepts
  • Interviews with clinicians and other experts in various fields related to the current theme
  • Personal accounts related to thematic issues
  • Commentaries and opinion pieces


All manuscripts will be submitted as Word documents in 12-point Times New Roman Font, double-spaced, with 1” margins, using American Psychological Association version 6 (APA6) format for usage, in-text citations, and reference lists.

All graphics (figures, tables, charts) will be in Word document format. Send photos as jpg or png files.

Target maximum length for personal accounts, commentary and opinion pieces, and media reviews is 2,000 words including references. Target maximum length for all other articles is 2800 words including references. Article length may be negotiated with the managing editor.

Placement of any article within a theme issue or publication year is at the discretion of the Editorial Board.

All articles submitted will undergo initial review for appropriateness and clarity, and may be returned to the author(s) for responses before entering them into peer review. All initial acceptances are conditional pending the author(s) responses to the results of peer review.


Manuscripts for publication in Creative Nursing should be submitted online using Editorial Manager.


It is the responsibility of the author(s) to read Springer Publishing Company’s journal policies and statements. Conflicts of Interest, Statements of Informed Consent, and Statements of Human and Animal Rights must be included when you submit your manuscript. Failure to do so may result in your manuscript being returned to you.