May/June 2017 - Volume 33 - Issue 3

  • Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, and Kari L. Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC
  • 2169-9798
  • 2169-981X
  • 6 issues / year

​​There is a lot to celebrate at JNPD this month!  First of all, Nurses Week  takes place each May, and gives us a chance to pause, reflect on our decisions to become nurses, and celebrate the impact that nursing has on the lives of so many.  We created a special Nurses Week Collection of relevant articles here on the site that is free and open to all throughout the month.  

Next, spring is the season for graduations of all kinds, and we offer congratulations to our peers, colleagues, readers, friends, and family members who are celebrating academic accomplishments. There are two exciting updates about JNPD itself. We have learned that JNPD was just accepted to the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) within the Web of Science. This means  that JNPD, and all its content back to 2005, will be searchable through the Web of Science, providing access for researchers and others who use that program. Indexing will officially begin later this year.

We are also extremely proud to announce our recent  award from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE), which recognizes "editorial excellence and achievement in the field of healthcare publishing".  The Journal for Nurses in Professional Development earned a Bronze Award in the Best How-To Article category for its two-part series on Return on Measuring Return on Investment for Professional Development Activities.  Congratulations to the articles' authors Cathleen Opperman, Debra Liebig, Judith Bowling, Sue Johnson, and Mary Harper.  Please see the announcement on this page with links to the winning articles and an introduction from the authors.

We hope you enjoy this month's issue, which includes a preview of the upcoming ANPD annual convention, several columns, and full length articles covering an array of topics.  The Editors' Pick describes a fascinating online program that awards digital badges to learners, and our CE feature focuses on EBP use among pediatric nurses. 

Highlighting one of our excellent columns, the Simulation Column by editor Mary Holtschneider, features the use of pediatric standardized patients in simulation.  This picture is one of the examples Dr. Holtschneider features in thiscolumn.  (Photo is reprinted with permission, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.)

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Enjoy the season, and we hope to hear from you online, via email, or even in person in New Orleans later this summer.  We are always eager to hear your questions and good ideas.


Susan L. Bindon and Kari L. Schmidt



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Journal for Nurses in Professional Development . 33(3):113-119, May/June 2017.