1. Humphrey, Carolyn J. MS, RN, FAAN

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I am thrilled to announce that the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) have announced that Home Healthcare Nurse is now their official journal for clinical practice. At the VNAA's Annual Meeting held April 24th through April 27th in San Francisco, Jean Ellis, Director of Member Services and Business Development, announced the board's decision to the members to adopt HHN. Look for the new tag line on the cover of HHN each month.


HHN and VNAA have much in common. At the convention, the VNAA celebrated its 20th Anniversary and HHN is also celebrating its 20th year of publishing. Visiting Nurse Associations throughout the United States have a long and proud history of providing quality care to individuals, families, and communities in the areas they serve. HHN's commitment has always been to provide the peer-reviewed, evidence-based articles that allow home care staff and management to provide these services in the most cost-effective and efficient way using state-of-the-art clinical information.


Becoming the official clinical journal of the VNAA provides many benefits for the members that will be firmed up over the next few months. Members will be able to obtain HHN bulk subscriptions at a reduced rate so many staff can have their own copies. There will be a VNAA representative on our Editorial Board and the VNAA will have a page in each issue so our readers can learn more about VNAA activities.


It's important to be clear that HHN remains an independent publication. We have been the official journal of the Home Healthcare Nurses' Association (HHNA) for many years and are proud to now have two associations that consider us a worthy partner for their members. The editorial freedom enjoyed by myself and HHN's Editorial Board remains intact and our publisher, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, remains strongly supportive of home care and our position as the largest peer-reviewed, monthly publication for the home care and hospice clinician and clinical manager.


As a nurse, I have grown up in VNAs. I was a staff nurse, hospital liaison, and senior clinic coordinator for the Washington, DC, VNA for 7 years. When in Connecticut, I was the Chief Executive Officer for a VNA for 6 years and have served on the professional advisory committees and other voluntary roles on VNAs. I have always valued my VNA experiences understanding that their mission and commitment to the community, patients, and patients' families remains a major focus of their work.


All of us at Lippincott Williams and Wilkins look forward to this new relationship with the VNAA. At HHN we are reminded every day of the responsibilities we have to you, our readers, your organizations, and most of all to your patients and their families. We are bolstered by this vote of confidence and look forward to working closely with the VNAA, HHNA, and all our readers to continue bringing you articles upon which you can rely.



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