Name: Glenys Connolly
Job Title: Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Title of talk: Writing educational textbooks ~ Is it worth it anymore?
Biographical Sketch:  

Glenys qualified as a general nurse in the 1970s and worked initially in adult coronary/ intensive care. She moved into children’s nursing in the 1980s followed by neonatal care later that decade. In the 1990s she moved into nurse education and was responsible for, amongst other things, developing and delivering neonatal intensive care courses and contributing to midwifery and paediatric nurse training programs. She describes her nursing career pathway as a series of “happy accidents” as she never had a job plan and just took opportunities as and when they arose! Her career as an author began when she was approached by a publishing company to write a neonatal nursing textbook. The first edition was published in 2000, with the second edition in 2010. She has recently contributed three chapters to the 15th edition of the textbook Mayes’ Midwifery (in print).



Lecture Abstract:  

With the advent of the world wide web, information is instantly available at the touch of a button and long gone are the days of spending hours in the library hand searching journals for evidence to support essays, case studies and project work.

So in this era of “easy” evidence and information is the textbook obsolete?


This session will discuss the who, why and wherefore of writing for publication and whether in this era of easy evidence it’s actually worth it anymore.

References: Boxwell G (2000) Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. London. Routledge.


MacDonald S, Johnson G. Mayes’ Midwifery 15th edition (in print). London. Elselvier