Co-Editors: Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, and Kari L. Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC
ISSN: 2169-9798
Online ISSN: 2169-981X
Frequency: 6 issues / year
From the Editor

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

Co-Editors, JNPD




Quick Poll

We all appreciate the wonderful moments when learners master an idea, skill, or concept. These are known as Aha moments! 

Dr. Jobeth Pilchers's article in this month's JNPD issue explores some strategies related to Aha moments. Our question in Quick Poll seeks to find out how you encourage or create them in your work. 

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Coming Soon!

​​​This section lists articles that will be published in upcoming issue of JNPD, May/June 2016

  • New NPD Scope and Standards Column!
  • Multilevel Influence on New Graduate Nurse Transition: A Literature Review 
  • Measuring Return on Investment for Professional Development Activities:  A Review of the Literature
  • Partnering to Promote Evidence-Based Practice in a Community Hospital:  Implications for Nursing Professional Development Specialists
  • Engaging Learners with Social Media
  • Improviing Efficiency Using a Hybrid Approach:  Revising an IV/Blood Workshop in a Clinical Research Environment
  • Measuring RN Medication Competence in Specialty Settings:  An OR RN Example
  • An Educational Program to Promote Emotional Mastery Skills in Nurse Managers