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  1. Maloney, Patsy EdD, MSN, MA, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
  2. Harper, Mary G. PhD, RN, NPD-BC


A two-phase research study was conducted to inform the upcoming fourth edition of Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice. This column describes Phase 1, which used a virtual world cafe methodology to gather qualitative data from 32 nursing professional development experts. Eighteen themes emerged from the data supporting the six responsibilities of the nursing professional development practitioner. Researchers found the virtual world cafe to be a useful technique for eliciting expert opinions.