From the Editors January/February 2017
We are starting the new year with a JNPD issue full of examples of nurses involved in innovative, collaborative, value-added work! Dr. Kathy Chappell, a leader in NPD and interprofessional practice and education, is our featured Expert. It is thrilling to read how collaboration can lead to results and learning for all. We are also proud to publish the recent ANPD study about the evolving and expanding role of NPD practictioners from Drs. Joan Warren and Mary Harper.
Our other articles feature nurses working with physicians as peers to enhance their relationships, devising and implementing self-scheduling initiatives across a hospital system, and using simulation to help nurse-practitioners become better preceptors and mentors to new colleagues. Webb et al. discuss career mapping as a vehicle for succession planning, and Schuelke and Barnason provide us with a systematic review examining how preceptors help new graduates develop their critical thinking skills.
As the year gets off to a busy start and our country looks ahead to a new time in our history, we know that leadership and working together are critical elements for a safe and successful environment for all. Collaboration, respect, and well-informed, thoughtful practice must continue to be our mainstays. We hope JNPD helps NPD practitioners to begin the new year with confidence and pride.
Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE and Kari L. Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC