The new year promises to be one full of energy, change, and progress. JNPD’s January/February 2015 issue is filled with content to help you stay up-to-date and ready for what the upcoming months may bring. It includes a timely and informative contact hour feature by Karen Siroky and Bette Case DiLeonardi. “Refine Test Items for Accurate Measurement: Six Valuable Tips” exposes some common flaws in writing multiple-choice items and suggests practical remedies. We’ve even included a video here on the website to help introduce the column. Click on the video tab above and meet the authors! The Simulation column highlights the educator/academic liaison elements of practice in the NPD role. This issue’s “Ask an Expert” column features Jobeth Pilcher, Nursing Professional Development Specialist, who shares her expertise in e-learning and innovative learning options.
The full-length articles feature something for every reader. Esche and colleagues’ “Traditional Classroom versus Computer-Based Learning: How Nurses Learn about Pressure Ulcers,” includes the results of an ANPD-sponsored research study in learning outcomes. The piece, “Outdoor Adventure Program Builds Confidence and Competence to Help New Graduate RNs become “Everyday” Leaders at the Point of Care,” discusses building leadership skills for bedside nurses. Carreon, Sugarman, Beener, and Agan describe one health system’s approach to standardizing care and competencies across a five-hospital system, and Ashton explores new nurse reflections in a qualitative pilot study.
We are ready for another productive year, and look forward to hearing about your innovations, challenges, and successes this year as well!
Susan Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE
Kari Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC
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