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From the Editor-in-Chief

The May/June issue of JWOCN is full of original research, cutting edge case studies and novel insights that truly reflect the Journal's global reach. For example, Hsu, Lin, Hsu and colleagues report findings of a systematic review that combined data extracted from studies published in English with studies published in the Chinese language. This unique synthesis of data goes well beyond the tradition limiting studies to those published in English and opens the door to new insights not available to western readers. In addition, Werth, Fisher Murray and coinvestigators report findings from a cross-sectional study of almost 200 community dwelling adults with chronic constipation. The authors acknowledge that this study is the "first Australian study to examine chronic constipation in a…nationally representative sample." Where to publish this type of landmark study? JWOCN of course! Further, Novy and Woith report findings of a particularly innovative quasiexperimental trial that examined patient care hand off between wound care nurses in an acute care setting and homecare nurses using the EMR to generate standardized discharge instructions.  Where should you go to read cutting edge and unique original data, look no further than JWOCN!

            I want to close by stating that, as part of the WOCN Society, JWOCN is in the process of publishing a special section in the Journal that will combine the latest in best practices in response to the COVID-19 crisis, authored by Society leaders and clinical experts. We will gladly break tradition and move this invaluable information into electronic publication as soon as possible. Please check back here over the next several weeks to find these special resources online in preparation for their publication in an upcoming issue of JWOCN! In the interim, I wish health and safety to you and your family!

Mikel Gray, PhD, RN, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN

Foot Care Education Among Patients With Diabetes Mellitus in China: A Cross-sectional Study

Liu, Jin; Lu, Qian; Pang, Dong; More

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. 47(3):276-283, May/June 2020.