I Got Published!

Greetings friends! I wanted to write a quick post to let you all know that I am officially a published author! It all started about 5 years ago when my coworker and I decided to apply for the Research Fellowship at our work. It entailed learning how to perform research and actually conducting a research study over the course of a year. We had been talking among our colleagues about how we always saw patients who were NPO (nothing by mouth) watching the Food Network Channel, which we always thought must be complete torture! Then we wondered if these patients were on to something... I know that when I am hungry and I see something that looks delicious my mouth waters, which is the first step in peristalsis (food digestion, motility, and eventual elimination), so maybe, just maybe, these folks were actually making their bowels wake up faster! So that was the premise of our research study.

It took a year to learn how to perform research, write our proposal, and then get accepted. Then another year to actually gather patients willing to participate, collect our data, analyze it, and then make sense of it (that year we did go to a conference and present on our experience... at Disney Land!). It took us about another year to learn how to write a manuscript, write it and then start to find a journal to submit to. We first submitted to a journal that liked it, but had some weird revision expectations, so then we found a new journal but needed some help with the holistic perspective. We asked another author to co-write the article with us and started the process of revision. Over the last 6 months we then submitted to this journal, received feedback for revision, and finally got it published online!!! Over 4 years in the making and it all finally paid off! The print version will occur in the next 6 months to a year so I will be keeping an eye out for that. Unfortunately if you are not a member of the Journal of Holistic Nursing you cannot read our entire article, only the abstract, which you can find here. If you want to read it, contact me directly and I can help get you a copy to read.

*Spoiler Alert* Our research found that if the abdominal surgery was non-bariatric (weight loss surgery) there is significant data to support watching cooking shows to increase return of bowel motility. So if you find yourself with an abdominal-related surgery, watch the Food Network channel or other cooking show to speed the bowel-waking process along!


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