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Advances in Neonatal Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ANC.0000311005.18214.4c
Letter From the Editor

Teamwork

Witt, Catherine

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Living in Denver, it is hard not to be a sports fan. This past fall, it was especially exciting to see the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. Even though they did not win the series, the experience was exciting. What was especially fun was seeing a team, whose entire payroll was less than one of the star players on the Red Sox roster, have so much success and have fun while they were doing it. When asked what made them successful, the team constantly gave credit to their ability to work together, to support one another, and to have fun while working hard. They had many outstanding players, but there were no superstars. They relied on all their players doing their part.

That is certainly true in our nurseries. We can only have so many administrators, managers, department heads, and directors. It is the people on the bench, the nurses at the bedside, the respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, unit clerks, technicians, laboratory and radiology technicians, and countless others who make the unit work. Do we value all of the support people the way we should? How would our unit function if no one ordered supplies? If you have had to take on the role of the unit secretary on days that person was not there, you know what a difficult job that is.

After taking on the role of editor of Advances in Neonatal Care (ANC) 1 year ago, I have been extremely thankful for the team of authors, the editorial board, our series editors, reviewers, and our publishers. Without their help, there is no way this journal would get produced every month.

Authors are obviously vital. If they did not spend the time doing the research, reviewing the literature, putting their thoughts on paper, and sharing that knowledge with us, we would not have a journal. They work through several drafts, take feedback and criticism with good grace, and display a lot of patience while their work winds its way through the peer review and editorial process. They have taken seriously the need to share their knowledge with their colleagues and thereby improve care for our patients.

The series editors have taken on this volunteer role knowing that the work load can be significant. After the manuscripts have gone through peer review, it is the series editors who compile the reviews, examine the manuscripts closely, and help make the decision regarding publication. They take this role seriously. They help with editing, coach new authors, and review the final proofs for errors. They play a valuable role in making sure that what is published is as accurate as possible. It can be a lot of work and often has tight deadlines, meaning they carry manuscripts with them on planes, to conferences, and occasionally on vacation.

Being a peer reviewed journal means that every manuscript is reviewed by experts in the subject the article is about. This includes nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, physicians, and developmental therapists. It may include parents who have experience with babies in our nurseries. The peer reviewers ensure that what is written is accurate, that the references are correct, and that the article is readable. They give invaluable suggestions to our authors on how to improve the manuscript and make it more accurate and more readable. They look up and verify references to make sure they are accurate and that they are cited correctly.

The editorial board is the vision of the journal. They make decisions on types of articles we see, what hot topics we need to address, and what content we want to avoid. They direct the philosophy and policies of the journal. They serve in multiple roles as series editors, peer reviewers, coaches for new authors, and sometimes authors themselves.

They are devoted to producing the best possible product.

Obviously, without the publisher, there would not be a journal arriving in your mailbox every other month. They keep the production on track, make sure everything is in on time, remind me about missing photos or manuscripts, and do the copy-editing, typesetting, and all the other pieces that put the manuscripts together into a cohesive journal. They have been very supportive of me as I have learned the process over the past year.

Last but not least are our readers. The purpose of Advances in Neonatal Care is to disseminate information and share new research that helps you, our reader, take better care of your patients and families. Our mission, seen at the front of every journal, reads “Dedicated to advancing the art and science of newborn care through the publication of scientifically sound and clinically relevant articles that enhance interdisciplinary care.” This is the goal of each issue. We want to hear from you when we meet that goal and, even more importantly, when we do not. Your feedback is vital for making the journal stronger.

Please look at the front pages of your journal, where you will see the names of the editorial board members and series editors. If you know some of them, please thank them for their hard work. At the end of this editorial is a list of the peer reviewers who have worked on the journal over the past year and helped to make it a success. Please thank them as well. Their help has been invaluable, and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all of our editors, board members, peer reviewers, and publishing staff. It truly takes the whole team to accomplish this, and I am humbled by the hard work of our many volunteers who make this happen.

I would also like to thank the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) board of directors for their vision, their work on behalf of ANC and the association, and their support of the ANC Editorial board.

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Thank You to Our Peer Reviewers

Carol Andrew, EdD, OTR

Muhammad Aslam, MD

Maureen Allen, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Sandra Beauman, MSN, RNC

Susan Berg, MS

Marianne Bracht, RN, RSCN

Angie Burd, MSN, APN-C, RNC, CCNS

Cindy Barney, MS, NNP

Jennifer Callen, RCC, MS, NNP

Cheryl Carlson, MS, RNC, NNP

Patricia Clifford, MSN, RNC

Garris Keels Conner, DSN, RN

Margaret Conway-Orgel, MS, NNP, RNC

Judith Cote′, MN, RN, NP

Stacy Dalgleish, RNC, MN, NNP

Theresa DeLorenzo, RN, CNSD

Darcy Doellman, RN, BSN, CRNI

Terry Griffin, RNC, MS, NNP

Deborah Guglietti, RNC, MSN, NNP

Lori Gunther, MS

Gina Heiss-Harris, RNC, NNP, DNP(c)

Pamela Heaberlin, MS, NNP, RNC

Rodney Hicks, PhD, MSN, MPA

Laurie Hogden, MD

Diane Hoditch-Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN

Pat Hummel, RNC, MA, NNP, PNP

Irene Hurst, PhD, MSN, RN

Linda MacKenna Ikuta, RN, MN, CCNS, PHN

Lori Jackson, RNC, ND, CCRN, NNP

Nancy Kraft, RNC, MSN, NNP

Kathryn McLean, RNC, MSN, NNP

Karen Lasby, RN, MN

Elizabeth Lawrence, RNC, NNP, MSN

Katherine Logee, RN, BSN

Dianne Maroney, RN, MS, CS

Susan Meier, NNP, RNC, MSN

Paul Merguerian, MD, FAAP

Keitha Mountcastle, RN, EdD, NNP, CNS

Dorothy Mullaney, MHSc, ARNP

Kristan Natale, RN, BSN

Jean Newbold, RNC, MS, MBA, PNP, CNS

Babara Noerr, MSN, RNC, CRNP

Teresa O'Neill, RNC, APRN, PhD

Ann Gibbons Phalen, PhD, RNC, CRNP

Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, PNP

Judith Polak, MSN, RNC, NNP

Shahirose Premji, RN, NNP, PhD

Ema Puskas, BSN, RN

Lynn Rasmussen, PhD, RNC, NNP

Maureen Reilly, RRT

Connie Rusk, MS, NNP, RNC

Elizabeth Sharpe, ARNP, MSN, NNP

Joan Renaud Smith, MSN, RNC, NNP

Frances Strodtbeck, DNS, RNC, NNP, FANN

Natalie Sweeney, RN, MS, CNS

Diane Veprauskas, RNC

Diane Viens, DNS, FNP, FAANP

Brenda Walker, MSN, RNC

Tamera Wallace, RNC, MS, CNNP

Cynthia Weiss, RNC

Carolyn West Jones, RNC, MSN, NNP

Rosemary White-Traut, DNS, RN, FAAN

Ashley Wood, MSN, RNC, MA

Catherine Witt

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