Author Profile - Michelle Tinkham

Michelle Tinkham from the Eisenhower Medical Center, Mirage, CA shares her thoughts and views on what it is like to be an author of scientific articles

Michelle Tinkham

We interview Michelle Tinkham of the Eisenhower Medical Center, Mirage, CA.

I have been a nurse for approximately 13 years. Most of my career has been spent in Perioperative nursing, specializing in my true love- vascular surgery. I have a BS in Nursing and MS in Health Care Administration. I am a certified perioperative nurse and legal nurse consultant as well as an independent RN first assistant. In addition to surgery, I love education and spend much of my time engaged in medical writing projects and learning new advances in our wonderful profession. I am very active in several professional organizations such as SVN, AORN, CCI, AACVPR, and STTI.

1. What do you enjoy the most about being an author?
It's such a privilege to be able to share what you love with others. I have always loved to write, even as a child. It was a way for me to put my creativity in a form that I could share with others. Now as an adult, writing allows me to not only share creativity but also what I have learned with others. It also motivates me to keep the learning process a blaze.

2. What advice would you give to a new author?
Have confidence in yourself. Everyone has something to share. The publishing process can be quite scary- I didn't know if it was for me. I took each revision as a personal assault that I was not smart enough but I came to see the whole process as a growing experience. After having been fortunate to have had many manuscripts published, I can now see what a wonderful collaboration the editors, peer reviewers, and authors have in order to create a masterpiece that will hopefully help someone else. You just can't let yourself get discouraged. Like learning anything new, you must crawl before you can walk.

3. How do you think that the move from print to electronic publishing affects you as an author?
I am a big supporter of electronic publishing since I rarely access print versions of anything anymore due to my desire to be more green. I hope the move from print to electronic publishing will help increase the sharing of knowledge between professionals.

4. What do you think about Open Access?
Again, like electronic publishing- if the open access movement progresses, I hope it will have a positive effect on the sharing of knowledge among the various professions by eliminating limits to information due to financial constraints.

5. What is your favorite quote?
"Well behaved women rarely make history" Eleanor Roosevelt

6. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My mom - she is also a nurse, having come to this country over 40 years ago. She trained in England and has a very different professional manner than I see among most nurses today. She truly reminds me of those nurses, like Florence Nightingale, that I read about in school and inspires me to be more professional and caring. And yes- as a 73 year old breast cancer survivor, she is still working in the profession because she loves what she does.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I have many hobbies - anything outdoors, especially hiking, running, and kayaking. Photography- especially landscapes. Last but certainly not least, spending time with my "furry children," my 6 year old Aussie rescue, Maggie and my 2 year old cat, Kitty who showed up on my doorstep last year.

8. Anything else you would like to add?
I have been very fortunate to have a family who has always supported me in whatever endeavors I have chosen to pursue. Without them, I don't think I would have been brave enough to have ever submitted my first manuscript. I hope by sharing my story with new authors, whether through mediums such as this or though the journal editorial board I serve on will help encourage others to follow their writing dreams as well.

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