We welcome summer, when many NPD practitioners begin looking forward to the annual Association of Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) conference, being held this year in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the spirit of this year's conference theme, Aspire to Inquire, we hope this issue primes your professional pump and readies you to learn and share even more about NPD practice. Patsy Maloney's Call to Convention in the ANPD update column offers a wonderful glimpse of this year's event.
This issue's Ask an Expert column features Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger, who encourages us to embrace change and take advantage of opportunity, an inspiring message for all! The continuing education (CE) feature, by Opperman and colleagues, provides a review of the evidence on the critical issue of return on investment (ROI) for NPD activities. Dwyer and Hunter Revell's look at the multiple levels of influence on new graduate nurse transition offers great insights and resources so we can continue work on this effort.
Several other hot topics are addressed in the May/June issue. These include medication competence, use of social media to capture learner's attention, mastery skills for nurse managers, a blended approach to teaching IV skills, and learning partnerships.
Don't miss the terrific columns, including an important update on the new NPD Scope and Standards of Practice. Both the Administration and Simulation columns provide a peek at the future of NPD practice, and the Preceptorship column looks back by way of career reflection.
So much to do, so much to think about, so much to learn! We hope to see you in Pittsburgh in July, and also here on the JNPD website and iPad app.
Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE and Kari L. Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC