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The NursingCenter.com's Consultant Clinical Editor, Lisa Morris Bonsall on Pursuing Nursing


BestNursingDegree.com interviews Lisa Morris Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP, a consultant clinical editor for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a Wolters Kluwer Health business. Lisa is the clinical editor for Lippincott's NursingCenter.com and the online editor for the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association. She also clinically edits manuscripts for Nursing2011 and Nursing2011 Critical Care, as well as Nursing2011 Drug Handbook.

NursingCenter.com is a premier, online destination created for nurses, by nurses, to support clinical and professional nursing needs. The site provides access to important nursing literature from more than 50 titles published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, offers over 1,100 continuing education activities, including a CE planning tool, drug news and updates, access to thousands of free, peer-reviewed articles and e-newsletters, exclusive clinical and professional resources developed based on nurse's feedback and more.



Q: What is your current position?

I'm a consultant clinical editor for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Q: What is your background in nursing?

I was a clinical care RN for seven years. It took about three years for me to go back to school to get my master's degree in women's health. After I graduated, I saw an ad in a local nursing journal for a clinical editor. I didn't really know what that was, so I investigated a little further and was interested.

Q: What is the NursingCenter.com?

NursingCenter.com is a website that is a centralized location for all of Lipincott's nursing products. We have more than 50 journals on our site. Students and new nurses have access to those journals. A lot of the content is free. We also organize the content, which makes it easier to find what you're looking for. For example, if a new nurse is learning about asthma or a student is studying heart failure they can come and find information from all of our resources.

Q: What should students ask themselves if they're considering nursing school?

Before deciding to become a nurse you need to ask yourself where you see yourself in the future, what you want to be doing in five or 10 years. Why are you interested in nursing? What do you think nursing can do for you? What do you think you can do as a nurse? What are your goals?

Also, evaluate how nursing will fit in with other goals you have. When you do consider a career in nursing, you have to have an idea of what kind of practice you want to be in and what kinds of patients you want to see - that's not to say it won't change. In my experience, I always thought that I would do pediatrics. Yet, when I started my clinical rotation, I realized it was not for me at all. Then, I went to critical care, women's health, and publishing.

Q: What should students look for in a nursing program?

It is important to find a program that is a good fit for you. The most important thing would be [Short Code Error: type value must be either online or ground] have been through the same thing. Lean on each other, and good luck!

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*Magnet Designation is provided by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to hospitals that have met a set list of stringent nursing practice and patient care requirements.