Announcement: Writing in the Digital Age

Just Released: Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals

Peggy L. Chinn

nurse author & editor, 2015, 25(4), 2a

cover-nicoll-chinnIf  the personal computer and the Internet entered your awareness after you reached school age, you are among the millions of contemporary adults who are “digital immigrants.”  You may have acquired considerable technological expertise along the way, or, you may feel totally overwhelmed by the rapidly changing digital landscape. Whatever your comfort level, if you also are a healthcare professional who needs or wants to write for a professional or public audience, this eBook just released by Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins is for you!  The authors, who have acquired considerable technological expertise, and are nursing journal editors and authors of many articles and books, are themselves immigrants to the world of digital media and understand the struggle that comes with acquiring the knowledge and skill required to be successful in this environment.  They walk you through the basic FAST savvy concepts of digital literacy: File-savvy, Accessibility-savvy, Security-savvy, and Tech-savvy, each of which form the foundation for developing a new comfort level with technology as we know it today.

Scattered throughout the book are highlights that give you an entertaining and informative detours from the main text, such as  “There are no dumb questions,” “Try this,” useful hints and tidbits from Leslie and from Peggy based on their own experience. There are links to videos and other media on the web that bring the messages in the book to life.  The ten chapters cover the basic skills of “going paperless,” ethics in the digital age, searching for what you need, the digital publishing process, social media, supplementary digital content, writing for a public audience, protecting your identity, and the essentials of discoverability. The book also includes a Foreword by Connie Delaney, informatics expert and Dean at the University of Minnesota College of Nursing.

The book is accessible for readers of any level of technological understanding, and it is affordable – only $24.99.  The Kindle edition is available on Amazon; the ePub edition, which you can read using iBooks or Google Play, is available through It is also available as a NOOK book on Barnes & Noble.

The authors have developed a companion blog (–which we will admit is a work in progress right now!) You will be able to ask questions, make suggestions, and follow useful tidbits and news of new developments.  So stop by and visit, follow the blog, share your comments, and send your questions using the “Ask the Authors” contact form!


Nicoll, L.H., & Chinn, P.L. (2015). Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters/Kluwer.

Copyright 2015: The author. May be reproduced with correct attribution.
Journal Complication Copyright 2015: John Wiley and Sons Ltd

 NAE 2015 25 4 2A Chinn