Since the publication of the Newman, Sime and Corcoran-Perry article titled "The Focus on the Discipline of Nursing" in ANS in September, 1991, there has been growing discussion to clarify, amplify and explore not only the definition, but the implications of various interpretations of the focus of the discipline. Over these decades advances in other disciplines and the growing demand for interdisciplinary cooperation have influenced the discussion of nursing's focus and where it fits in the interdisciplinary context. This issue features articles that address these issues, including papers that form a basis for discussion at the 50th Anniversary conference of the 1969 Nursing theory conference. We invite you to explore the contents of this issue, and to follow the ANS Journal blog where we post messages from the authors giving more background about their work! We always welcome your comments in response to any ANS articles!
Peggy L. Chinn, RN, PhD, FAANProfessor Emerita, University of Connecticut Editor, Advances in Nursing Science