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Monday, August 12, 2013

New Call for Stories

Narrative Symposium: Religion in Medical and Nursing Practice


Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish an issue focused on stories about how healthcare providers integrate their faith into their practice. We are interested in the perspective of healthcare providers from diverse religious backgrounds. We want a broad range of stories that extend beyond traditional settings for integrating religion and clinical healthcare.

In writing your story, you may want to consider these questions:
  • Have you ever prayed with or offered spiritual support to a patient? Why? How did it go?
  • How have your religious convictions affected your practice of medicine or nursing?
  • How has your clinical practice affected your religious development?
  • Have you faced any problems involving peers, the law, chaplains, patients, or others, based on your integration of religion into clinical care?
  • How does your institutional setting affect your integration of religion and medicine?
  • How would you recommend that healthcare providers integrate their religious conviction into their practices?
You do not need to address each of these questions--write on the issues you think are most important to share with others. If you are not a writer, tell your story in your own words and our editorial staff will help you.
If you are interested in submitting a story we ask you first to submit a 300-word proposal-a short description of the story you want to tell. Inquiries or proposals should be sent to the editorial office via email:  We will give preference to story proposals received by September 16th of 2013.

We plan to publish 12 stories (4-10 double spaced pages or 800-2,000 words) on this topic. Some additional stories may be published as online-only supplemental material. We also publish 2-4 commentary articles that discuss the stories that are published in the journal. To see a finished symposium you may access Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, volume 2, issue 1, on living organ donation for free on Project MUSE.