Spring is here...or at least according to the calendar. The reality is a bit different! Snow is falling and so are the temperatures in many parts of the US.
It's a good time to curl up in front of a roaring fire and enjoy this issue of JNPD. The CE feature is on writing multiple choice questions that assess learning and avoid the usual item-writing flaws. Although many nursing professional development specialists eschew written tests, in those instances where they are needed, it's essential to ensure that the test actually measures learning, not the extent to which the learners are savvy test takers.
The remainder of the issue also offers practical, applicable strategies in nurse residency programs (Remillard), assessing learning needs (Foy, Carlson, and White), evaluating effectiveness of education (Sweeney, Kenny, and Schubert), and developing a calendar to coordinate education throughout an institution (Rus, Cheesebro, Nagra, and Neff).
In this issue, we introduce a column on Nurse Residency Programs, written by Editorial Board member Jim Hansen. In his first column, Jim relates nurse residency programs to recommendations in the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing report. Joyce Johnson, column editor for the Administration column, relates educational objectives to business outcomes, an essential approach in today's cost-conscious healthcare institutions.
I'm certain you'll find something both interesting and applicable in this issue.
Belinda E. Puetz, PhD, RN