BMC Nursing – looking forwards, looking back

BMC Nursing announces a new Editorial Board of distinguished Section Editors

BMC Nursing logoBMC Nursing is proud of the progress it has made since its launch back in 2001. The journal has grown steadily each year, continuing as a preeminent open access journal in its field.

Nursing practice is both a science and an art. It requires scientific skill yet demands a strong background in the social sciences and humanities. Anyone who has had to spend any length of time in a hospital or healthcare environment will undoubtedly be aware that nursing makes a significant contribution to the health maintenance, health promotion and well-being of individuals, local communities and populations. However, a major challenge for current and future nursing practice, education and management is in working towards equity and access to health care for all.

BMC Nursing aims to explore advances in all aspects of nursing  related to health disparities and a breadth of other topics, providing an opportunity for nursing practitioners and educators to exchange research evidence, models of best practice and innovative ideas.

New Editorial Board

We are delighted to announce that the journal has now moved to a new editorial model that will ensure it keeps serving the needs of the nursing community. BMC Nursing is now divided into four editorial sections, covering all aspects of nursing research, training, education and practice. Each section is headed by a renowned Section Editor, and supported by an international team of Associate Editors from a broad range of academic disciplines. We are delighted to welcome the new Section Editors to the Editorial Board and we look forward to working with them to ensure the continued development and the growth of the journal.

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This statement from Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of nursing and public health, still holds true in modern nursing, reminding us that nursing care should aim to enhance the quality and safety of patient care. Our Hospital-based care section, headed by Paola Di Giulio of Università degli Studi di Torino, will focus on this important area of research, also involving clinical practice, patient management, and paediatrics.

Outside of hospitals, nursing practice should focus on promoting and maintaining the health of individuals and families, preventing and minimizing the progression of disease and improving quality of life. All aspects of community-based care including ambulatory care, health promotion, illness prevention, and emergency care will be discussed in the Community-based care section.

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The increasing prevalence of dementia and its impact on those who care for persons with dementia are growing problems worldwide. Our  Mental Health care section, led by Brenda Happell from Central Queensland University Australia, will consider research covering mental illness, mental health nursing, and mental health nursing education.



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Complementing this research, the Nursing education and service organization section, led by Lesley Wilkes of University of Western Sydney, will consider papers which contribute to the advancement of educational theory and pedagogy that support the evidence-based practice for educationalists worldwide.




I use the word nursing for want of a better”. Inspired by these words of Florence Nightingale from her Notes on Nursing, the mission of BMC Nursing is the promotion of nursing research through scientific excellence, education and exchange of best clinical practice.

For further information on the BMC Nursing, including how to submit your manuscript, please visit the journal website, or contact the Executive Editor Dr Catia Cornacchia for any pre-submission queries. We look forward to hearing from you!


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