Recently I trawled through the history of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (IJMHN) – if you’re curious please see this editorial and this blog post.
Amongst the things revealed was the encouraging upward trend in the Impact Factor – a metric that reflects how many citations individual academic journals attract over a two year period. I was especially encouraged that a targeted social media strategy, together with the increased volume of articles, coincide with the Impact Factor upward trend since 2017.
Today this arrived in an email:
The 2022 Journal Citation Reports were released overnight, and I am very pleased to let you know that International Journal of Mental Health Nursing’s 2021 Impact Factor is 5.100 – a significant increase from 3.503 for 2020. This result places the Journal in the rankings: 2/125 (Nursing), 2/123 (Nursing (Social Science)), 57/155 (Psychiatry), 43/142 (Psychiatry (Social Science)).
Alison Bell, Journal Publishing Manager, Wiley, email of 29 June 2022
That is – to put it bluntly – bloody amazing!
Don’t believe me? Look at the chart below…
The journal had very humble beginnings. It was just an idea amongst a few Mental Health Nurses in Australia in July 1978. The first issue consisting of just two articles and editorial followed in September 1980 (source and source).
2021 data reveals this humble little journal is now ranked the second most impactful nursing journal on the planet.
Mental Health Nursing is punching above its weight. Mental Health Nursing ranks 5th as principal specialty, after Aged Care, Medical, Surgical and Peri-operative (source and source). Yet, we have a journal that rates 2nd most cited nursing journal, behind the International Journal of Nursing Studies (IJNS).
That’s something to celebrate – not just for the authors, reviewers and editors who put in the hard work to make it happen – but for all Mental Health Nurses.
Please spread word about the impact of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing – it’s a good news story 🙂
Extracting information from www.gg.gov.au below is a list/summary of the 13 Nurses named on the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Paula Maree Duffy PSM Public Service Medal (PSM) Worongary, Queensland For outstanding public service in nursing and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paula Duffy has worked for the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service for 20 years and was promoted to the role of Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Experience, after formerly holding the position of Executive Director of Integrated Ambulatory and Community Services, incorporating one of the largest Emergency Departments in Australia.
Ms Duffy’s professional relationships and concentrated efforts across the organisation have been fundamental to the management of COVID-19 at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. Extremely well regarded by the leadership in the Queensland Ambulance and Police service, her strong leadership has been the glue that helped the Gold Coast navigate the challenges of being the first region to experience the Omicron variant peak in Queensland. She coordinated the hospital response which required the opening of 9 dedicated COVID-19 wards and 2 ICU pods.
Ms Duffy is a leader across all aspects of the COVID-19 response, ranging from the creation of testing centres in the community to facility screening desks, quarantine hotels, dedicated COVID-19 wards, virtual wards and partnering with private hospitals to increase public patient capacity. For the last two years she has been the key contact for the Gold Coast, reporting to the state bodies and coordinating complex arrangements across the city to support the COVID response.
The contribution by Paula Duffy to her profession, and the high regard in which she is held, is testament to her quality standards and consistent contribution to the public health sector over decades.
Caroline Farmer PSM Public Service Medal (PSM) Padstow, New South Wales For outstanding public service to New South Wales Health, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently serving as the Director of Nursing & Midwifery and Clinical Governance within the Western Sydney Local Health District, Ms Caroline Farmer has made significant contributions to public health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
In June 2020, Ms Farmer’s executive leadership was pivotal during Western Sydney Local Health District’s (WSLHD) initial COVID-19 response. She liaised with key staff from the Commonwealth, the New South Wales Ministry of Health and residential aged care facilities to ensure the availability of adequate nursing workforce to support local outbreak sites.
Ms Farmer also ensured the coordination of a nursing workforce to disability homes, local facilities, vaccinations centres and the Greater Western Sydney COVID-19 Community Accommodation. As a result of the continual demand for nursing staff, Ms Farmer established a District COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Unit which provided a centralised point for the coordination of nursing staff deployment across Western Sydney. Throughout this time, as the WSLHD Emergency Operations Centre’s executive lead for Planning, Ms Farmer was integral in the coordination and finalisation of a number of key initiatives, such as the WSLHD Intensive Care Workforce Plan, the COVID-19 Ward Model of Care and the WSLHD Clinical Governance Safety and Quality Priorities.
Ms Farmer continues to foster the next generation of leaders amongst nurses and midwives in WSLHD, ensuring this cohort have the right skill set, insight and vision to drive improvements in health care services and future innovations. In recognition of this priority, in February 2021, a pilot WSLHD Nursing & Midwifery Leadership Program was launched, with 12 participants from across the region selected for the opportunity to develop and grow on their leadership journey. Upon graduation, this cohort were empowered to enact upon their future leadership goals, influence positive change at a local level through shared learnings, actions and individual leadership practice, and effectively support service operations to deliver better care and services to patients across Western Sydney.
Ms Farmer is an exemplary public servant who is a role model for collaborative leadership and innovative contributions. She is a trusted voice within the public health community and shows unwavering commitment and resilience to deliver results.
Wendy Leeanne Hellebrand OAM Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division Victoria For service to the community through a range of roles.
Lions V Districts Cancer Foundation, Lions Australia
Skin Check and Dermoscopy Coordinator, Mobile Skin Check Project, since 2019.
District 201V2, Lions Australia
Chairman, Zone 3, since 2002.
Chairperson, Family Welfare and Children’s Mobility, current.
Past Region Chairperson.
Past Chairperson, Drug Awareness Program.
Past Chair, Independent Third Person Program.
Past Chairperson, Youth of the Year, Young People in Service and Youth Exchange Program.
Inverleigh Leigh Valley Lions Club
Past Vice President.
Liaison Officer, Campaign Sight First Program, 2007-2008.
Community Health and Welfare Officer, since 1999.
Member, since 1995.
Council Member, Royal Geelong Agricultural and Pastoral Society, since approx 2000.
Practice Nurse, Bannockburn Surgery, current.
Past Sexual Health Nurse and Counsellor, (then) Headspace Geelong.
Multicultural Award for Excellence, Africa Day Australia, 2013.
Ambassador for Peace, Universal Peace Foundation, 2010.
Vicki Anne Simpson PSM Public Service Medal (PSM) Coffs Harbour, New South Wales For outstanding public service to the Mid North Coast Local Health District, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mrs Vicki Simpson is currently serving as the Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Service Reform, and as the Health Service Functional Area Coordinator in the Mid North Coast Local Health District.
Mrs Simpson’s professionalism, resilience and leadership has been influential in the Health District’s response to catastrophic bushfires, a once in a generation flood and the COVID-19 pandemic over the last three years.
In an unprecedented and evolving global pandemic, Mrs Simpson has been exceptional in her role as the Health Service Functional Area Coordinator. Developing and rapidly implementing strategies for her nursing staff to ensure a well-managed response to COVID-19, she also took on the responsibilities of coordinating logistics, equipment (including ventilators and personal protective equipment), testing, and emergency accommodation. Further, she led early morning planning meetings coordinated with the State Health Emergency Operations Centre and liaised closely with community partners such as aged care facilities and local councils to ensure a coordinated COVID-19 response.
Mrs Simpson also spearheaded the mass vaccination program for the Health District, resulting in more than 95 percent of the eligible local population reaching double vaccination status.
Mrs Simpson is committed to providing opportunities for First Nations people to embark on careers in nursing and midwifery. She has mentored staff through the trainee and cadetship process to senior nursing and midwifery roles, something she is most proud of.
With over 30 years of public service, Mrs Simpson is an integral part of the Mid North Coast Local Health District. She is an energetic, compassionate, and inspiring leader who is enormously respected among her peers and patients for her exemplary standard of professionalism and service delivery.
Kathleen Mary Sloane AM Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division Richmond, Victoria For significant service to nursing, and to global women’s health.
Uro-gynaecology Presenter/Clinician, Uro-gynaecology workshops in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, including:
Myanmar, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Bangladesh, 2003, 2004 and 2018.
Victoria/Tasmania Branch, Continence Nurses Society Australia
Committee Member, 2002-2005 and 2007-2011.
Former Clinical Preceptor, Pelvic Floor Workshops.
St Vincent’s Health, Melbourne
Team Leader and Clinical Nurse Consultant, Continence Clinic, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, since 2008.
Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne
Clinic Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Consultant, Uro-gynaecology, 2002-2008.
Continence Nurse Advisor, 2001-2002.
Midwife and Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1990-1999.
Nursing – Other
Continence Nurse Advisor, National Continence Helpline, 1999-2002.
Former Critical Care Nurse, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne.
Registered General Nurse, since 1983.
Registered Midwife, since 1990.
Member, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.
Member, Continence Nurses Society Australia.
Awards and recognition include:
Connie Award, Continence Care Champion, 2013.
Jean Smith Prize, for Excellence in Women’s Health Nursing, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, 2007.
Karolyn Vaughan OAM Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division Queensland For service to nursing.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Examiners
Director, Asia Pacific and the Africa Region, since 2006.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, since 1992.
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Child and Family Health, Wentworth Area Health Service, 1997-2006.
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Karitane, mid 1990s.
Community Nurse and Early Childhood Nurse, Western Suburbs of Sydney, 1990s.
Registered Midwife, since 1989.
Registered Nurse, since 1986.
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Tweet the list of 13 Nurses named on the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List instead. 🙂
Paula Duffy PSM, Caroline Farmer PSM, Wendy Hellebrand OAM, Jennifer Jones OAM, Therese Lee OAM, Victor McConvey OAM, Michele Rumsey AM, Mary (Maria) Said AM, Lesley Salem AM, Shillar Sibanda OAM, Vicki Simpson PSM, Kathleen Sloane AM. Karolyn Vaughan OAM
This will be the last year for the meta4RN blog/collating these lists (see “Beginning of the End“). Why don’t you take over the job next year on a blog/site of your own? As per the methodology above, it’s a pretty easy way to attract a couple of thousand hits in about 48 hours. More importantly, you will help spotlight achievements of nurses without resorting to those cringeworthy hero tropes (see “Batman is a hero. I am a health professional.“).
Please let me know via the comments section below if I missed any Nurses on the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Naturally, I’m happy to correct any oversights.
Queen’s Birthday? WTF?
What the hell is Australia doing celebrating our best and brightest by linking them to the not-actual-birthday of an unelected foreign multi-millionaire? It makes no sense. We should get behind the Australian Republic Movement, get the Union Jack off our flag, and get the Queens’s head (soon to be Charles’ head) off our coins. Australia has a history that is much, much longer than the British royal family’s history. See: republic.org.au