NLN Scholarly Writing Program

The NLN | Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education is pleased to continue the NLN Scholarly Writing Program, now in its fourteenth year, by offering two opportunities in 2022.
If you recently completed a research study or innovative project but have not had the time to craft an article for publication, this program 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 program, 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, but it is necessary to have a completed research study or innovative project for acceptance into the program. To be successful in the retreat, your research or project needs to be ready for dissemination, and you need to commit to completing the manuscript within the time frame of the retreat.

2022 Program Dates


Weekend Retreat: Friday, July 15 at 1pm through Sunday, July 17 at noon (there will also be a live “Getting Started with your Writing and Manuscript” zoom session on Saturday, June 11 from 11am-1pm Eastern, will also be recorded).

Location: NLN Headquarters, Washington, DC

Facilitator:  Marilyn H Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN  

Application Deadline: CLOSED - no longer being accepted


Virtual Session Dates: 3-hour sessions on the following Saturdays: October 15, October 29 and November 19 (10am – 1pm eastern) - more details about each session below

Facilitator: Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Application Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2022 (11:59pm eastern)

Applicants Notified: Friday, September 16, 2022

Program Fee: $1,500 (due after acceptance notifications sent; credit card or check accepted)

Deadline to confirm participation and remit program fee: Friday, September 30, 2022

Deadline to submit manuscript to selected journal: January 1, 2023

Program Description


Marilyn H. 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 130 peer-reviewed articles and 15 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. 

Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, is the President and Owner of Maine Desk LLC, a business focused on writing consultation and publication success. Dr. Nicoll is the Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing and Nurse Author & Editor. She is the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and 7 books, including The Editor’s Handbook (2019) and Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals (2015). In 2014, Dr. Nicoll 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 2011.

Dr. Oermann and Dr. Nicoll 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.

Competencies and CEUs

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 per program. Selected participants will be chosen through a competitive application process. 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.

Once Accepted

Upon notification of acceptance, participants will be asked to sign an agreement indicating an understanding of their responsibilities and commitment to the program.  Participants will also receive a copy of the most current version of Manuscript Success, by Dr. Nicoll or Writing for Publication in Nursing by Dr. Oermann.

All participants will be provided with consultation, writing guidance and support from the faculty starting at acceptance through manuscript submission. 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.  

More Details - In Person Weekend Retreat at NLN Headquarters

***travel and hotel expenses not included in tuition fee; light meals and snacks provided***

  • Day 1: Friday, July 15,1-5pm eastern 
    • Welcome, introduction of all participants and faculty.
    • Selection by each participant of a writing partner and review of writing partner’s introduction.
    • Work on drafts with review by Dr. Oermann and Ms. Block.
  • Day 2: Saturday, July 16, 8:30am - 4pm eastern
    • Morning work on drafts: individual consultations with Dr. Oermann and Ms. Block; use writing partner for critique and feedback.
    • Afternoon work on drafts: Print 1 copy of draft or sections for which you want feedback; find new partner from previous day and give draft (or sections) for peer review.
    • Review of next steps regarding finishing manuscript and submission.
  • Day 3: Sunday, July 17, 8:30am - 12noon eastern 
    • Work on finishing manuscripts
    • Discussion on what comes next
    • Adjourn with goal to submit to selected journal by August 1, 2022
More Details: - Virtual Sessions via Teams/Zoom platforms
  • Virtual Session 1: Saturday, October 15, 10-1pm eastern
    • Welcome, introduction of all participants and faculty.
    • Discussion of Manuscript Success and preliminary exercises (synopsis, journal due diligence).
    • Presentation by Dr. Nicoll, “Being Strategic and Successful in Professional Publication.”
    • Review of assignments to be completed before Session 2.
  • Virtual Session 2: Saturday, October 29, 10-1pm eastern
    • Welcome and check-in from all participants and faculty.
    • Discussion of writing progress and exercises.
    • Presentation by Dr. Nicoll, “Using Writing Resources Effectively.”
    • Review of process to complete a manuscript suitable for journal submission by Session 3.
  • Virtual Session 3, November 19, 10-1pm eastern
    • Welcome and check-in from all participants and faculty.
    • Discussion of process of writing the first draft of the manuscript; receiving feedback; working on revisions.
    • Presentation by Dr. Nicoll, “The Final Hurdle: Submitting, Revising, Celebrating!”
    • Discussion of timeline for each participant to submit their manuscript within four weeks of the conclusion of the session (if not done already) with estimation of consultation time needed from Dr. Nicoll and Ms. Block to complete this task.
    • Adjourn with goal to submit to selected journal by January 1, 2023
    • Each participant will also receive an additional 3 hours of coaching, as needed, throughout the program

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.



For questions about the program or application process, please email 

This is my first publication, and I will be forever grateful for the work and knowledge bestowed upon me.