Since its publication in 2016, the third edition of Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice has generated excitement for the specialty. The scope and standards has promoted uniformity of title, stimulated changes in position descriptions, fostered adherence to scope of practice, and served as a unifying framework for system-wide nursing professional development departments. However, continued action is required in the areas of advocacy, research, and engagement with the specialty organization.
Mary G. Harper, PhD, RN-BC, is Director of Nursing Professional Development, Association for Nursing Professional Development, Chicago, Illinois.
Patsy Maloney, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, NEA-BC, is Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, University of Washington Tacoma.
Dr. Harper is a consultant with the Association for Nursing Professional Development. Dr. Maloney declares no conflicts of interest.
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