Once again, we can revel in the return of spring. It's time to stretch, grow, and refresh. It's also a great season to learn something new! Just in time, the March/April 2016 issue of JNPD is here to help readers to do just that. To start with, the Ask an Expert column features past ANPD President Sandy Bruce, who offers her unique insights into how NPD continues to grow and change. Mary Beth Modic ponders the educational properties of "three" in her Preceptorship column, and Joyce Johnson discusses the challenges and benefits of reviving a journal club as an educational strategy.
The full-length articles cover a lot of ground, also. Parker et al. address the important topic of horizontal violence in nursing, and one organization's approach to managing it. This issue's continuing education (CE) feature describes a comprehensive approach to standardizing oncology nursing competencies across a large system, no small feat! JoBeth Pilcher explores "Aha" learning moments and suggests some evidence-based ways to encourage them. Rizzo offers some ideas for building a better orientation. Bos and colleagues share a practical approach to pressure ulcer prevention, where clinicians and educators work together to change practice.
Board member Patsy Maloney outlines the new Association of Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) 2016-18 Strategic Plan in the ANPD Update. We encourage you to review it to see what our specialty's priorities and plans are, and perhaps consider how you can be involved. We hope your spring is off to a good and healthy start. Please be in touch with your ideas and suggestions as we all continue to grow!
Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE and Kari L. Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC