Normalizing Rejection

Vicki S. Conn, Julie Zerwic, Urmeka Jefferson, Cindy M. Anderson, Cheryl M. Killion, Carol E. Smith, Marlene Z. Cohen, Nancy L. Fahrenwald, Linda Herrick, Robert Topp, Lazelle E. Benefield, Julio Loya

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Getting turned down for grant funding or having a manuscript rejected is an uncomfortable but not unusual occurrence during the course of a nurse researcher’s professional life. Rejection can evoke an emotional response akin to the grieving process that can slow or even undermine productivity. Only by “normalizing” rejection, that is, by accepting it as an integral part of the scientific process, can researchers more quickly overcome negative emotions and instead use rejection to refine and advance their scientific programs. This article provides practical advice for coming to emotional terms with rejection and delineates methods for working constructively to address reviewer comments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-154
Number of pages18
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


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  • Nursing(all)


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