1. Section Editor(s): Angelini, Diane J. EdD, CNM, NEA-BC, FACNM, FAAN
  2. Perinatal Editor
  3. Bakewell-Sachs, Susan PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN
  4. Neonatal Editor

Article Content

In 1986, the idea for The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing (JPNN) was launched. In 1987, that idea became a reality with the inaugural publication of JPNN. Much later, JPNN would become known as the "Pink Journal." Years of publishing have led to this 30th Anniversary Issue and a celebration of JPNN's publication success within perinatal and neonatal nursing.


In the preliminary year of 1986, prior to the first published issue, the Founding Editors envisioned a journal that would be clinically focused and utilized by staff nurses, specialty nurses, faculty, managers, students, and other professional staff involved in perinatal and neonatal nursing care. Thirty years ago, it was evident to both founding editors that perinatal and neonatal nurses needed a journal to address issues of direct concern to clinical practice. Could perinatal and neonatal nursing content work in one journal? It was a daunting thought for both editors. It was hoped that a collaborative voice in the nursing literature could support both nursing specialties. One common theme for each issue would be presented from the perspective of both specialties commencing a hallmark approach among nursing publications.1 It is with this beginning that JPNN became the first nursing journal to topically combine perinatal and neonatal contents.1-3


In looking back over the years, we have seen this quarterly journal increase in size and content, add additional sections and departments, develop a Web site, participate in the online publication submission process, and now become part of social media. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing has stood the test of time-a collaborative, topically focused journal that has succeeded over the span of 30 years.4


One perinatal and 4 neonatal editors have led JPNN. All have been committed to the joint perinatal and neonatal focus, building each volume around specific topics to provide breadth and depth in support of improving clinical care. Systematic reviews, state of the science, original research, quality improvement, and continuing education articles have made JPNN a well-respected outlet for authors and a valued resource for clinicians. Topics have always been chosen for currency, relevance, and importance, with input from the perinatal and neonatal editorial board members.


Feedback from authors and readers over the years included appreciation for the topic-based format, offering the opportunity for more in-depth content. A look at some of the top articles, chosen by readers and editors, highlights important perinatal and neonatal practice topics, some of which were repeated, such as patient safety and/or risk management, global health and cultural issues in care, pharmacology, interventions, and transitions in care. Other noteworthy single issues have included sleep, evidence-based practice, bereavement, trauma, breast-feeding, family-centered care, and triage, all clinically relevant topics that supported care. A selected topics issue each year provides flexibility to address a newly emerging or hot topic.


In this Anniversary Issue of JPNN for 2016, the content chosen by the editors to celebrate 30 years of perinatal and neonatal nursing focuses on 4 key areas. These include Educational Changes, the Use of Social Media, Shared Decision Making, and Historical Trends. Each of these topic areas offers several shorter articles from perinatal and neonatal perspectives.


The goals that were outlined by the Founding Editors were to secure a well-credentialed editorial board, provide pertinent clinical content for each issue, and commit to editorial excellence with emphasis on a clinically strong journal.1 The ultimate goal of being a premier resource for perinatal and neonatal nurses has always been the primary goal for JPNN. We are happy to report that the journey was well worth the effort and equally successful.


-Diane J. Angelini, EdD, CNM, NEA-BC, FACNM, FAAN


Perinatal Editor


-Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN


Neonatal Editor




1. Angelini D, Grossman RG. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: a ten-year retrospective. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 1997;10:vi-vii. [Context Link]


2. Guthy B. A note from the publisher. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2011;25:5. [Context Link]


3. Angelini D, Bakewell Sachs S. 20th Anniversary Issue. From the Editors. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2006;20:1. [Context Link]


4. Angelini D, Bakewell Sachs S. 25th Anniversary Editorial. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2011;25:93. [Context Link]





FOUNDING EDITOR: Diane J. Angelini, EdD, CNM, NEA-BC, FACNM, FAAN (1986-present)




FOUNDING EDITOR: Rita Gibes Grossman, MS, RN, SM (1986-1991)




Mary Lynch, MS, MPH, RN, PNP (1991-1993)


Susan Blackburn, PhD, RNC, FAAN (1994-2004)


Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, PNP, BC, FAAN (2004-present)






Jackie Tillett, ND, CNM, FACNM (2004-present)


Laura Mahlmeister, PhD, RN (2004-2010)


Lisa Miller, JD, CNM (2011-present)




Susan Blackburn, PhD, RNC, FAAN (2004-present)


Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, NNP, CCNS (2004-2014)


M. Terese Verklan, PhD, CCNS, RNC, FAAN (2011-present)


Katherine Gregory, PhD, RN (2014-present)




VOLUME 1:1 Monitoring and Instrumentation


1:2 The Malpractice Crisis: Trends in Risk Management and Liability


1:3 Ethics


1:4 AIDS and Other Infections


VOLUME 2:1 Prematurity and Premature Birth


2:2 Bereavement


2:3 Perinatal and Neonatal Outreach


2:4 Genetics


VOLUME 3:1 Multiple Gestation


3:2 Clinical Emergencies


3:3 Surgical Issues in Clinical Practice


3:4 Substance Abuse and Environmental Toxins


VOLUME 4:1 Pain Management


4:2 Parenting


4:3 Selected Topics


4:4 Research and Theory


VOLUME 5:1 Discharge Planning and Home Care


5:2 Cardiac Disease


5:3 Professional Development


5:4 Fetal and Neonatal Evaluation


VOLUME 6:1 Glucose Instability


6:2 Pulmonary Complications


6:3 The Concept of Vulnerability


6:4 Nutrition


VOLUME 7:1 Neuromuscular Complications


7:2 Quality Management


7:3 Chronic Illness


7:4 Immunocompromised Conditions


VOLUME 8:1 Renal Disorders


8:2 Critical Care Management


8:3 Educational Update


8:4 Changes in the Environment for Care


VOLUME 9:1 Legislative and Political Update


9:2 Selected Topics


9:3 Advanced Practice Roles


9:4 Pharmacology and Drug Therapy Update


VOLUME 10:1 Advanced Practice Issues


10:2 Infection Revisited


10:3 Legal Issues


10:4 10th Anniversary Issue


VOLUME 11:1 Selected Topics


11:2 Breast-feeding


11:3 Hematologic and Autoimmune Issues


11:4 Endocrine, Metabolic, and Liver Disorders


VOLUME 12:1 Quality Outcomes


12:2 Selected Topics


12:3 Technology and Alternative Therapies


12:4 Informatics


VOLUME 13:1 Postpartum and Newborn Home Care


13:2 Genetics


13:3 Triage and Screening in Perinatal and Neonatal Care


13:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 14:1 Dermatologic Disorders


14:2 Bioethics


14:3 Technology and Electronic Fetal Monitoring


14:4 Substance Abuse and Perinatal Exposure


VOLUME 15:1 Administrative Issues in Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing


15:2 Special Topics


15:3 Family-Centered Care and Education


15:4 Medical Complications


VOLUME 16:1 Prematurity


16:2 Pharmacology


16:3 Global Healthcare


16:4 NO ISSUE. Change in Publisher from ASPEN to LIPPINCOTT


VOLUME 17:1 Selected Topics


17:2 Legal and Risk Management Issues


17:3 Hematologic Disorders


17:4 Clinical Practice Issues


VOLUME 18:1 Genetics and Preconception Care


18:2 Selected Topics


18:3 Pharmacology


18:4 Gastrointestinal, Nutrition, and Feeding


VOLUME 19:1 Patient Safety


19:2 Ethics


19:3 Selected Topics


19:4 Pulmonary Issues


VOLUME 20:1 20th Anniversary Issue


20:2 Selected Topics


20:3 Family-Focused Care


20:4 Cardiac Care


VOLUME 21:1 Surgical Issues


21:2 Sleep


21:3 Breastfeeding


21:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 22:1 Trauma


22:2 Education and Training


22:3 Infections


22:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 23:1 Complications in Intrapartum/Newborn Period


23:2 Complex Clinical Cases


23:3 Professional Issues


23:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 24:1 Patient Safety and Quality


24:2 Globalization of Perinatal and Neonatal Care


24:3 New Treatments, Interventions, and Therapies


24:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 25:1 Bereavement


25:2 25th Anniversary Issue


25:3 Complications


25:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 26:1 Transitions in Care


26:2 Resuscitation


26:3 Evidence-Based Practice


26:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 27:1 Cultural Issues in Care


27:2 Innovation and Collaboration Models


27:3 Neuro Complications


27:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 28:1 Nutrition, Feeding, and Obesity


28:2 Perinatal Interventions During Labor and Neonatal Transition to Extrauterine Life


28:3 Addiction


28:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 29:1 Gastrointestinal Conditions


29:2 Quality and Patient Safety


29:3 High-Risk Conditions


29:4 Selected Topics


VOLUME 30:1 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Conditions


30:2 Sepsis and Infections


30:3 30th Anniversary Issue


30:4 Selected Topics