"Shift report" writing contest

Winners announced!

Read the winners of the 2021 "Shift Report" Writing Contest

The inaugural 2021 Shift Report Writing Contest was an opportunity for active and retired nurses, nurse educators, nursing students, and others to share their “shift reports” with a world that needs to hear them. Submissions were accepted from April 15 – July 31, 2021, and we’re delighted to announce the winners and runners-up and share their incredible stories.


by Stacy Nigliazzo 

Stacy R. Nigliazzo is a nurse and the award-winning author of two poetry collections (Scissored Moon and Sky the Oar). Her poems have appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review and JAMA, among other publications. She serves as co-poetry editor of Pulse, Voices From The Heart of Medicine and reviews poetry for the American Journal of Nursing.

by Liz Kerr  

Liz Kerr has had poetry, short stories, and commentary published in The Best Short Stories of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Paper, Philly Fiction, The Galway Review, Sixteen Magazine (Dublin), Jewish Currents Magazine, Rust Belt Rising, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Lancet, The Ice Colony, Lo-Fed Chronicle and Irish Central. Her artwork has appeared in Mayday Magazine and Beyond Words Magazine. She is a registered nurse in heart transplant and oncology at a Philadelphia hospital. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and dual Irish and American citizenship.


In Chrysalis
by Kylie Smith  

Kylie Smith is a writer based in Utah. Her work has been published in Blue Earth Review and Sink Hollow Literary Magazine.

The Quiet Loss of Self
by Siobhan McKenna   

Siobhan McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She attended Johns Hopkins University for nursing school and worked as a cardiac surgery ICU nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital for several years before beginning to work as a travel nurse. Currently, Siobhan is working as a travel nurse in Seattle and is loving biking and hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest. She loves blending her love for both writing and nursing and hopes that her stories shed light on the beauty and intensity of work as an ICU nurse.


The Phone Call
by David Thomas Peacock  

David Thomas Peacock is a musician who became an ER nurse who survived cancer and somehow became a writer. Sometimes you don’t discover what you were meant to do until your third act.

Through Her Eyes: A Covid-19 Story
by Alison Shely    

Alison Shely is a nurse practitioner, nurse coach, and nurse content writer who specializes in articles, guest blogging, and healthcare worker wellness. She has been in nursing since 2014, working in intensive care, women’s health, and primary care as a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. She has written for a variety of publications, including rncareers.org. Her specialty topics include mental health, health and wellness, yoga philosophy and practice, and community health. She also serves as a health coach and mentor to other nurses and healthcare workers concerning healthy lifestyles and mental health.

Visit her website for coaching details and other writing samples: npcoachalison.com

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Jenney Floyd, RN

Jenney Floyd is a registered nurse with over 10 years experience in the ICU and ER. She completed her nurse residency program at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and spent 4 years in SICU before transitioning to ER in San Antonio. Focusing on positive changes in her own career led to the creation of Next Level Nursing. Jenney is also the Director of the San Antonio Division for The Blessing Project, a non-profit company with a focus on serving the homeless.

Jennifer Curtet

Jennifer Curtet shows up with high energy, a razor-sharp wit, and cutting-edge information! With over 20 years of experience as a Professional Speaker and Trainer, her strength and conviction on the platform have earned her standing ovations and rave reviews, around the world. She started out in the banking and finance world working for a Fortune 30 company and spent ten years as a leader, in a training role, where she honed her craft in leadership and employee development. Jennifer has since written four books and is a Certified Executive Coach who helps people increase their potential so that they can achieve higher levels of success. She has trained and coached 4-Star Generals, the highest-level executives at Coca-Cola, and even an Emmy nominated actress—the demand for her knowledge and perspective is very broad.

Mary L. Winsor

Mary L. Winsor teaches literature and creative writing at George Mason University where she is a third-year student in the MFA – Creative Writing program. Winsor grew up in the American Southwest, the setting for her short story and novel in progress. Winsor’s work has been published in Ploughshares, Carve Magazine and, most recently, La Presa.

Jennifer Meyer Schrage, JD

Jennifer Meyer Schrage is as an attorney, educator, author and advocate helping leaders manage conflict and develop more strategic organizations committed to inclusive excellence. With over a decade of experience as a senior leader at the University of Michigan implementing culture change within a shifting legal landscape and unprecedented public engagement, Jennifer knows how to build trust, promote justice and teach peace to create safe and just relationships and communities. Jennifer co-authored a book on campus conflict that remains a game-changer for the profession and her work has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other national publications.

Jennifer is currently the Senior Advisor to the Vice President at U-M and previously taught negotiation and mediation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Prior to her work in higher education, Jennifer was an attorney at the national headquarters of the United Auto Workers Legal Services Plan. Jennifer earned her law degree at the University of Arizona and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Journalism and Political Science at Northern Arizona University. When she’s not engaging in very robust dialogues and working to transform difficult conflict into positive progress, Jennifer likes to hike the mountains of Montana, California and New Zealand and once shared a trail with a brown bear in Alaska.

Rachel Borup, PhD

Rachel Borup holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and teaches medical humanities for health profession majors at the University of Utah.  She facilitates a literature and medicine discussion group at the University of Utah Hospital and is working on a novel.  She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, daughter and the word’s cutest Goldendoodle.