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Ninety Years and Counting

The Past, Present, and Future of the Nursing Professional Development Specialty

Maloney, Patsy, EdD, RN-BC, MSN, MA, NEA-BC; Woolforde, Launette, EdD, DNP, RN-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: March/April 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 56–65
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000532

This article describes the long history of the specialty of nursing professional development (NPD), the founding of NPD’s specialty organization, National Nursing Staff Development Organization, and the organization’s transformation and growth to meet the ever-changing needs of NPD practitioners. Finally, the future of the NPD specialty is envisioned. This article provides the NPD practitioner with critical information to advocate for the specialty.

Patsy Maloney, EdD, RN-BC, MSN, MA, NEA-BC, is Senior Lecturer, University of Washington Tacoma.

Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, RN-BC, is Vice President, Nursing Education & Professional Development, Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, New York.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Patsy Maloney, 7002 53rd St. W, University Place, WA 98467 (e-mail:

© 2019 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.