It’s Spring, and the March/April issue of JNPD is ready for you to read and enjoy! We are pleased with the quality and diversity of manuscripts the Journal is receiving, and know that readers will find useful information in the current offering. There are several full-length articles, including the continuing education (CE) offering by Levine & Johnson featuring an approach to organizational competency validation, and some suggestions from Kostovich & Clemente for putting the “art” of nursing back into orientation. Romp and colleagues share an interesting look at common motivators and barriers for nurses returning to school to earn baccalaureate degrees. The Administration column provides food for thought regarding the preparation-practice gap, and our excellent Preceptor series continues; this month focusing on the skill of Responding. The ANPD Update from Chris Wilson highlights the good and important work of the various ANPD committees. We encourage you and your peers to show your team pride and submit your first (or next!) manuscript in the upcoming season. Whether you are checking out the latest issue online at JNPDonline.com, through the Journal’s link on the ANPD website, in print or via JNPD’s downloadable iPad® app, we welcome your feedback and ideas, just as we welcome the optimism and sense of possibility that Spring inevitably brings.
Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN-BC