ACN's publication, CompassPoint, focuses on topics pertinent to camp nursing practice and health services. Examples of articles include clinical skills articles with application to the camp setting, camp nursing research, discussion of camp health management challenges, "New Products, New Ideas,” and information about workshops and educational events.

Past issues of CompassPoint are available for purchase, either individual issues, or a set of all available back issues.

CompassPoint Editor

Marcia Ellett has a Master's degree in professional writing and has spent much of her career as a project editor, development editor, communication specialist, and now managing editor for CompassPoint.  We are so fortunate to have Marcia on the ACN team making a difference for camp nursing education. If you have ideas or questions about submissions, please feel free to contact CompassPoint Editor, Marcia Ellett.


Submissions for Publication

Individuals are invited to submit articles for publication in CompassPoint.  The focus of CompassPoint is to provide education and training for camp healthcare providers that will empower their work.  We think you have great things to share. Contact ACN or CP Editor, Marcia Ellett.

Writing Tips

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Choose a topic that interests you. If your topic is broad, narrow it. Instead of writing about how to manage skin issues, you might choose to just address poison ivy or allergies to pets.   Then write a rough, rough draft, including everything you can think of. Stay loose, avoid getting analytical, and enjoy the process of sharing what you know. When you’re done, you’ll have the bare bones of an article that only you could write. Then put it aside for a while.
Switch gears and imagine you’re the reader of this article. If you were the reader of your information, what questions would you like answered? You might not know the answers yet, but list the questions anyway; you’ll find answers in the next step.
Research will ground your article in fact. Good details to include with your how-to are:
  • Statistics
  • Recent research
  • Other articles on a the topic or similar topic
  • Quotes by well-known people
  • Definitions
  • Anecdotes (short, illustrative stories about yourself or someone else)
  • Quotes and examples from books on the subject
  • References to other media (film, television, radio)
Collect everything you have gathered and put it in a folder, an electronic document, a notebook or whatever you like. Don’t forget to keep track of sources in case you are later asked by an editor to verify them. You may want to sift through your research at a separate sitting from gathering it. Or just go ahead and sprinkle your research in right when you find it. It’s a lot like cooking—play around until you feel you have it “just right.”

Keeping your audience in mind, write a tighter draft incorporating the new supporting information you’ve collected. Sometimes what you’ve learned in Steps 2 and 3 may compel you to start over with a completely fresh draft. Or you may just want to revise what you have as you proceed, retaining a nice conversational tone.

This time when you read your draft, ask yourself: Is it working? Is it too general, too lightweight, uninteresting, unclear or choppy? Do you feel stumped? If so, ask for help.  ACN has a Writing Mentorship Council that will help guide you through the development and organization of your article as needed.

If your narrative goes on and on, or off in too many directions, break it down into key points indicated with subheads. Synthesizing complicated information and breaking it down into steps is especially crucial for online writing, and is also a trend in print.

Read the draft of your article out loud to a supportive friend. Then, ask a series of questions: Does your friend now understand the topic? Are there any elements missing? Is there anything else he/she would like to know about the subject? With your friend’s suggestions in mind, use your best judgment in deciding what changes, if any, need to be made.

Rewrite and read aloud but don't wait for the article to feel "perfect" before submitting - or you will never submit.  When you are reasonably satisfied with your written efforts, submit your piece to ACN editor ( for review, editing, and potential publication.