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Nursing Professional Development’s Spirit of Inquiry Focus Areas

Harper, Mary G., PhD, RN-BC; Warren, Joan I., PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN; Bradley, Dora, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN; Bindon, Susan L., DNP, RN-BC, CNE, CNE-cl; Maloney, Patsy, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, NEA-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: May/June 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 3 - p 118–124
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000515

An Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) task force was charged with redesigning the association’s small research grant process. One step in this process included identifying focus areas for the specialty’s spirit of inquiry. Using input from a round table discussion with ANPD annual convention attendees, the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development Editorial Board, and the convention evaluation query, 10 spirit of inquiry focus areas were identified that align with the Nursing Professional Development Practice Model.

Mary G. Harper, PhD, RN-BC, is Director of Nursing Professional Development, Association for Nursing Professional Development, Chicago, Illinois.

Joan I. Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, is Executive Director of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders, Inc./Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative and Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, Clinical Associate Professor, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Dallas, Texas.

Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, CNE-cl, is Assistant Professor and Director, Post-Master's DNP Program, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

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

Conflict of Interest: Dr. Harper is the Director of Nursing Professional Development with the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Mary G. Harper, 1832 S. Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (e-mail:

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