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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Promotes Shawn Kennedy to Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing (AJN)

AJN is one of the world’s most prestigious sources of nursing information in the world

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), the publisher of the  American Journal of Nursing (AJN) widely recognized as the leading voice of nursing since 1900, is pleased to announce the promotion of Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN to Editor-in-Chief of AJN.  LWW is one of the world’s leading publishers of nursing and medical journals and is part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

 “I am delighted to announce Shawn Kennedy’s promotion as AJN’s latest editor-in-chief,” said Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nurse of Wolters Kluwer Health, LWW and Ovid, and Publisher of AJN. “Shawn has consistently demonstrated her superior leadership skills and ability to successfully guide one of the largest circulation peer-reviewed nursing journals in a challenging economic and healthcare climate. There is no one who deserves this position more than Shawn.”

The AJN Journal Oversight Committee added, “We congratulate Shawn Kennedy and will continue to support her and the editorial staff as they strive to maintain and further AJN’s quality, leadership, and service to the nursing profession.” The Committee, made up of several of today’s most well-known healthcare journalists, ensures that the business of running the journal does not infringe on the editorial quality, credibility and integrity. 

Kennedy will continue the journal’s track record for publishing content of the highest quality and topicality, employing innovative electronic tools and content strategies to extend the value of the content online. She is one of the first nursing journal editors to recognize the importance of having an interactive online presence to engage and secure readers. Through AJNonline.com, the blog AJN Off the Charts, and through social media vehicles such as Facebook® and Twitter®, AJN has established itself as the benchmark for other nursing journals.

Kennedy first joined AJN in 1998 as the news editor and special projects director, advancing to the position of editorial director in 2008, then interim editor-in-chief in mid 2009. She received her BSN from Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing, and her MA in Nursing from New York University. She has authored many journal articles and book chapters including, “100 Years of American Nursing-Celebrating a Century of Caring” (Lippincott, 1999), a pictorial documentary of nursing in the United Sates in the 19th century, which she co-authored with Thelma Schorr. Kennedy has been a visiting nurse scholar at the World Health Organization’s Office of Nursing and Midwifery, and was recently inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame. Ms. Kennedy is a member of the American Nurses Association, the New Jersey State Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International and the Association of Healthcare Journalists.

For over 110 years, AJN has brought the latest nursing and healthcare news and evidence-based practice information to the nursing profession and healthcare community. AJN, recognized by the Special Library Association as one of the 100 Most Influential Journals in Biology & Medicine over the last 100 Years, has won more editorial awards than any other nursing journal. AJN is available to individual subscribers in print or online from LWW, and to institutional subscribers from Ovid, the global leader in electronic medical, scientific, and academic information research solutions, via its  OvidSP and Nursing@Ovid information search, discovery, and management platforms.

LWW has long been recognized as the leading journal publisher of nursing content. In addition to AJN, LWW also publishes Nursing 2009, Nursing Research, the Journal of Nursing Administration, and Nursing Management. LWW also is a strong partner to numerous professional nursing associations, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Infusion Nursing Association, Dermatologic Nurses Association, and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.


About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher for healthcare professionals and students with nearly 300 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines publishing under the LWW brand, as well as content-based sites and online corporate and customer services.

 LWW is part of  Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools, journals, and textbooks, such as  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; and electronic information providers, such as  Ovid®,  UpToDate®,  Medi-Span®,  Facts & Comparisons® and  ProVation® Medical.