Guidelines for TAN Authors

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The American Nurse is the official publication of the American Nurses Association. The newspaper is published in print six times a year (January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, and November/December) and digitally on

The American Nurse strives to feature a balance of news including work environment issues, nursing practice, technology trends, health care policy and legislation, political action, nurse health and wellness, and more. Also featured is news of the American Nurses Association, its constituent and state nurses associations, and organizational affiliates.

We are looking for articles with a direct link to staff nurses, our largest membership and readership segment. We also are interested in articles on issues of concern to advanced practice registered nurses. Except in extraordinary circumstances, submitters must be members of an ANA constituent/state nurses association or organizational affiliate.

The newspaper follows Associated Press (AP) style. Articles should 500-800 words in length and should have a newspaper "angle." We do not accept research and journal articles, articles on new medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, or book reviews.

Articles should give nurses information they can readily use (how health care reform will affect my job, what new career opportunities are available, how quality of care is jeopardized with reduced RN staffing). The American Nurse also accepts letters to the editor.


  • Use a conversational rather than a scholarly tone.
  • If you have questions about tone or style, look over a few recent issues of The American Nurse. A majority of readers are staff nurses. Make your topic relevant to these nurses.
  • Strive for 500-800 words. Please use Microsoft Word or compatible and email it to
  • Include brief biographical information about yourself, including your ANA and/or constituent and state nurses associations affiliation, at the end of the manuscript.

To submit a manuscript or query letter, please send an e-mail to; call (301) 628-5038, or write to write to the Editor, The American Nurse; 8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492. Please also read, fill-in, and sign The American Nurse Author's Agreement.