Guidelines for TAN Authors

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The American Nurse, the only national newspaper for nurses, is the official publication of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The newspaper is published six times a year (January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December). The American Nurse strives to feature a balance ofnews including workplace issues, job security and career trends, nursing practice, health care policy and legislation, political action and more. Also featured is news of the ANA and its state and territorial constituent member associations.

We are looking for articles with a direct link to staff nurses, our largest membership and readership segment. Except in extraordinary circumstances, submitters must be members of an ANA-affiliated state nurses association. The newspaper follows Associated Press (AP) style. Articles should be no more than 800 words in length and should have a newspaper "angle." We do not accept research and journal articles. Please, no articles on new medical equipment or pharmaceuticals! 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, which should be limited to 350 words.


  • 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. About 75 percent of our readers are staff nurses. Make your topic relevant to these nurses.
  • Two to three pages, typed double-spaced, is a good length. Strive for no more than 800 words.
  • Send manuscript via e-mail to or FAX to (301) 628-5340. Include brief biographical information about yourself at the end of the manuscript.

To submit a manuscript or query letter, please see our author's agreement.