1. Puetz, Belinda E. PhD, RN

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It's a New Year, and once again, you'll notice changes in your journal. Beginning with this January/February 2013 issue in Volume 29, the journal will be titled "Journal for Nurses in Professional Development."


Changing a journal's name is a massive undertaking and is not to be taken lightly. The move to retitle "Journal for Nurses in Staff Development" to "Journal for Nurses in Professional Development," was partly due to publication of Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice (National Nursing Staff Development Organization & American Nurses Association, 2010), and all of us involved in the journal have discussed a name change for the last 2 years. Thus, at the Editorial Board meeting in Boston in 2012, everyone-Publisher, Editor, and Editorial Board members-agreed that now was the time to make the change. Some work needed to occur behind the scenes, of course, and the publisher began those efforts immediately.


Fortunately, only one letter of the journal's acronym needed to be changed. Now, we'll refer to the journal as JNPD instead of JNSD. As with the Association for Nursing Professional Development, we plan a transition period until everyone gets used to the change. I'm sure we'll slip occasionally[horizontal ellipsis]it's been JNSD for 28 years!


Administratively, we've made some changes as well. We have added Editorial Board members and have said goodbye to others. We've given several individuals new titles to more accurately reflect their duties with the publication.


This year, as always, we are focusing on the content to ensure that we are meeting your learning needs. We will introduce several new columns this year, among them is one on "Nurse Residency Programs," edited by Editorial Board member Jim Hanson. Another is "Simulation," edited by newly appointed Editorial Board member Mary Holtschneider. We will be adding others later in the year.


So, in this New Year, as we make our personal resolutions, we're also making a resolution for the journal-to focus on continuously improving the journal's value to you as a professional development specialist. Let us know how we're doing!


Happy New Year!




National Nursing Staff Development Organization & American Nurses Association. (2012). Nursing professional development: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: