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The Complexity of Changes

Borger, Angela L.

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association: 9/10 2020 - Volume 12 - Issue 5 - p 209-212
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0000000000000567
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Change is constant and inevitable. Even if you were skeptical about this, maybe the last few months of the pandemic have started to change your mind. In the healthcare system where I work, we were often told while on our regular system-wide teleconference meetings that our incident command center was updating information and making changes, sometimes by the hour! These changes were necessitated by the complex situations at hand, and I am thankful to work for a system that was thoughtful and responsive, as information presented itself. Hopefully, by the time this editorial is in print, there will be a bit more stability and less immediate change. Many of us find change hard; I know I do, as evidenced by my now embarrassingly recent irritation that my favorite toothpaste changed their formulation. Obviously, not all change is easy, as anyone who has tried to implement changes to long-ingrained personal habits can attest. And I will freely admit that not all change is good or for the better. I have several elementary school haircut case-in-point photos showing this to be true.

As mentioned, change can be complex, to both plan and execute. However, change is often necessitated out of a desire to improve systems and processes and is done with the intention of providing better outcomes and services. With these intentions in mind, the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association (JDNA) has been working hard, behind-the-scenes, to make changes that will hopefully result in an improved journal for readers. As a journal, we are constantly trying to provide readers with well-written, timely, pertinent, and clinically meaningful articles. As Editor-in-Chief, I am cognizant that every article will likely not resonate with every reader. This is to be expected in a discipline that has a broad base of knowledge and acknowledging that our readers work in diverse settings with diverse patient populations with diverse medical presentations. That being said, I have worked over the years to try to invite authors to write articles our readers have told us they would be interested in seeing in print. We get this information, in part, from reader surveys but also from direct communications from readers, whether that be via email or telephone. I have tried to build a dialogue with readers, and I am committed to continuing this conversation. Please reach out and let us know what types of articles you might like to see in the future.

In the meantime, we are moving forward with the future direction of the JDNA and are doing so through a variety of exciting new changes. First, we have recently revised current documents the JDNA uses with volunteers. Specifically, we have updated the document outlining the roles and responsibilities of the Editorial Board, but this year, we have also created documents to specifically state the roles and responsibilities of our peer reviewers and authors. Although, at first glance, the development of these documents seems not relevant to readers, I remind you that these were created with the intention of making participation with the JDNA as clear as possible for potential volunteers. I have heard from many of you that you have been hesitant to become involved with the Journal because you are unsure of what participation might look like. Hopefully, these documents will be helpful and be a step in the right direction to help explain to potential volunteers what might be expected if you decide to volunteer with the JDNA. If anyone reading this is interested in becoming a JDNA volunteer, please do not hesitate to reach out to me; I would be more than glad to share these documents and discuss your potential participation, whether as an author, a peer reviewer, or an editorial board member.

The second recent change the JDNA has been working to develop is the strengthening of the Editorial Board. The JDNA has a working Editorial Board that helps determine the content and offerings in each issue. As journal leadership, they also help with strategic planning, helping to determine which types of articles are most beneficial for readers. As you can imagine, this is a job that is best done with engaged, thoughtful individuals who have love and respect for dermatology nurses and dermatology nursing. I have tried diligently to develop an Editorial Board that reflects our Dermatology Nurses' Association membership, while also being committed to developing an Editorial Board that has members able to help develop and deliver articles of interest to readers. To this end, I am pleased to announce the addition of several new JDNA Editorial Board members. Each new board member brings a significant amount of enthusiasm and dedication to developing articles you may be interested in. Let me tell you a little about each new member.

Shehla Admani, MD (Figure 1), is a pediatric dermatologist and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. In addition to being a pediatric dermatologist, she has expertise in the diagnosis and management of vulvar dermatoses. The JDNA is working to develop a recurring column about pediatric dermatology, and she is looking forward to partner with the JDNA. Dr. Admani states, “I am especially excited to work on creating an educational series to expand education on both conditions that are unique to children and also common conditions that can have unique findings in pediatric patients. Writing case series and review articles was an integral part of my early dermatology education and I look forward to serving as a mentor and involving other early career physicians and nurses in submitting articles and in inviting new perspectives that will be beneficial to the readers.” Please join me in welcoming Dr. Admani to the Editorial Board.

Shehla Admani, MD.

Many of you are familiar with Sharon Jacob, MD (Figure 2), and her work in the field of contact dermatitis and pediatric dermatology. She is a health sciences professor in medicine and pediatrics (dermatology) at the University of California, Riverside, and a professor of dermatology at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. She is also the Dermatology Section Chief for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA. She is also currently serving as the immediate past president of the American Contact Dermatitis Society. As you may recall, Dr. Jacob has served on the Editorial Board of the JDNA, where she introduced a partnership series with the American Contact Dermatitis Society on contact dermatitis and established a recurring TeleDermatology column. Upon my invitation, she has graciously agreed to rejoin the Editorial Board. Over the years, Dr. Jacob has been a regular contributor to the JDNA and a strong recruiter of new authors and articles and has been one of our biggest supporters. Her contributions and connections are very much appreciated, and she truly believes in the important role dermatology nurses have in caring for dermatology patients. We welcome her enthusiasm for the mission and purpose of the JDNA.

Sharon E. Jacob, MD.

A recent graduate of Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA, with a strong interest in dermatology, Jalal Maghfour, MD (Figure 3), is looking forward to participating in developing new articles for the JDNA and says, “Knowledge is the path to enlightenment. I seek to enhance dermatology knowledge and through outreach and collaboration, I intend to make a positive impact on the dermatology community.” I am confident that his participation with the JDNA will be mutually beneficial, and I welcome his contributions.

Jalal Maghfour, MD.

Kari Martin, MD (Figure 4), is a dermatologist and an associate clinical professor of dermatology and child health at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. She states, “As a dermatologist specializing in pediatric dermatology and inflammatory skin diseases, I look forward to growth of a pediatric dermatology section of the Journal. There are many topics specific to pediatric dermatology that will enhance the learning of the readers and broaden and enhance their clinical practices. Also, as a teacher of medical students and residents, and author of many book chapters, I feel confident in my ability to synthesize clinical information into concise yet thorough articles geared for adult learners.” I am pleased Dr. Martin has agreed to join the Editorial Board and very much look forward to working with her to help offer to readers topics associated with pediatric dermatology.

Kari L. Martin, MD.

Janice Pelletier, MD (Figure 5), a pediatrician with fellowship training in pediatric dermatology, has worked in Bangor, ME, for over 30 years. She has contributed to book chapters for dermatology texts and journal articles on various pediatric dermatology subjects that include infantile hemangiomas, contact dermatitis, tinea capitis, molluscum, and vitiligo. In addition to her expertise in pediatric dermatology, her background in neuropharmacology helps her lend a critical eye toward the understanding of emerging pharmaceuticals. About her new involvement with JDNA, she states, “It is a great pleasure for me to serve as an Editorial Board member for the JDNA. For many years, I have worked side-by-side with nurses in many venues—clinics, hospitals, schools, communities, universities, boards, and legislature. I enjoy participating with nurses to advance clinical care, teaching, research, and advocacy. As a pediatrician who has committed myself to the art of pediatric dermatology, I look forward to sharing my craft through editorial contributions in this journal. It is clear to me that nurses play a vital role in the area of dermatology, as they care for patients in all levels of healthcare.” She enjoys all aspects of writing and reviewing, which makes her a particularly appropriate new addition to the JDNA Editorial Board.

Janice L. Pelletier, MD.

Please join with me in welcoming these new Editorial Board members. All in all, I think these additions to the Editorial Board will be extremely beneficial to the JDNA and am glad for these particular changes—changes to welcome! I celebrate the participation of these extremely talented and knowledgeable experts with the JDNA and, based on their clinical and personal areas of expertise and interest, look forward to developing new offerings for readers.

I hope you are all doing well, and as always, I am looking forward to hearing from you,

Angela L. Borger


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