The holidays are upon us and in the midst of the decorating, entertaining, and shopping, I hope you will find the time to review this issue of JNPD. The lead article by Zurlinden and Pepsnik, based on a presentation at the ANPD Annual Convention, applies quantum principles to NPD. Administrators and leaders of nurse residency programs will be particularly interested in the article by Oja, in which he delineates the financial, performance, and organizational outcomes of a nurse extern program. Other articles in this issue focus on various aspects of preceptorship (Small & Good; Finn & Chesser-Smyth). Granger and colleagues describe how to teach nurses the language of data. Finally, there are two articles that describe how nurses on the night shift cope with circadian disruption (Carney) and how to teach nurses empathy and other communication skills (Kelley & Kelley).
The Preceptor column in this issue continues Mary Schoessler's fine series on application of Tanner's Clinical Judgment Model to NPD practice.
Finally, there are several book reviews and the ANPD Update, featuring news about the Association. Take a break from the hectic pace of the holiday season, brew a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and curl up in your favorite chair...I’m certain you’ll find something – or many things – of interest in this issue. Happy Reading!
Belinda E. Puetz, PhD, RN