It's convention time again. The promotional material for the ANPD Annual Convention in Dallas, July 17-20, 2013, is now available on the ANPD website at www.anpd.org
The convention is chock full of educational sessions that promise to educate and entertain nursing professional development specialists from all healthcare settings. Similarly, this issue of JNPD offers cutting edge articles and columns, beginning with the contact hour feature on nurse residency program best practices. Two innovative articles follow: one by Asselin and Fain describes the application of reflective practice education to nursing practice and the other by Valas, Forbes, and White presents a master's education program in nursing professional development.
The remainder of the issue also offers practical, applicable strategies in teaching life support for successful patient outcomes (Krugman and Paston), learning with technology (Pilcher and Bradley), the effects of horizontal violence and bullying on retention (Weaver), performance outcomes using simulation in a military transition program (Smith, Hughes, Sheffield, and Wier), and online continuing education programs (Gormley).
The columns in this issue include Scope and Standards, nurse residency programs, Administration, and the very last Stories, Tips, and Techniques. Thanks to Michele Deck for her excellent work in coordinating the contributions to this latter column.
I'm certain you'll find something both interesting and applicable in this issue.
Belinda E. Puetz, PhD, RN