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The new members of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO) board of directors have been elected.


Sandra L. Bruce, MSN, RN-BC, was elected president-elect of NNSDO. Sandy is the Air Force Nurse Education Program manager at the U.S. Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

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Sandy has been involved with NNSDO for several years, having served on the editorial board of the Journal for Nurses in Staff Development since 1998. She also served on the planning committee for the annual convention for 2 years as a planner and 2 years as the committee chair. She also served a term as pre sident of the Air Force Affiliate, which culminated in the receipt of the 2005 Affiliate Excellence in Quality Programs Award. Sandy is also the editor of the third edition of the Core Curriculum for Staff Development (available in summer 2008).


Julia W. Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, was elected treasurer of NNSDO. Julia is chief knowledge officer for practical success in Durham, North Carolina.

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Julie is a charter member of NNSDO and has worked in nursing professional development since it was known as inservice education more than 20 years ago. After sitting for the certification examination in continuing education and staff development the first year it was administered, Julie began teaching the certification review course with a team of faculty from the NNSDO. She now serves on the content expert panel for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Nursing professional development certification examination. She is a frequent presenter to staff development groups and has participated in the publication of two books written for the staff development professional.


Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-BC, was reelected to a second 2-year term as director on the NNSDO board of directors. She is currently vice president of professional nursing development at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas, where she is responsible for nursing professional development activities and outcomes for the 14-hospital system.

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Dora has a bachelor of science in nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University, a master of science in nursing from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctor of philosophy in nursing science from the University of South Carolina. Dora has been involved with NNSDO in a variety of capacities over the years, including serving as a consultant to the NNSDO-ANA collaborative team charged with developing the advanced practice competencies for staff development. She has frequently presented at the national conventions in the areas of measurement, program evaluation, and outcomes.


The new board of directors begins its term at the close of the 2008 convention, July 10-13, 2008, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



The board of directors met for strategic planning January 11, 2008, in Pensacola, Florida, and established priorities for 2008 through 2010. The priorities fall into three categories: technology, knowledge management, and practice/education partnerships. For each broad category, the board identified goals as follows.



Leverage and maximize the use of technology in


1. providing products and services to members and customers,


2. identifying best practices in staff development, and


3. helping those in staff development teach and learn.



To achieve this priority, NNSDO will do the following:


1. Expand its Web site, including better linkages with external resources.


2. Develop the infrastructure to offer online elections, abstract submissions, exhibit sales, and sponsorship.


3. Develop a glossary of technology terms and training tool for professionals in staff development.


4. Identify best practices in Web casting, pod casting, linkages, and open access.


5. Consider establishment of online forums based on roles for member interaction, networking, and knowledge sharing.



Knowledge Management

Manage knowledge through


1. identifying best practices in staff development,


2. infusing critical thinking skills in practice activities and processes,


3. demonstrating the return on investment in staff development including quality and safety, and


4. fostering the expanding role of those in staff development.



To achieve this priority, NNSDO will do the following:


* Appoint work groups on best practices and ask that they review NNSDO programs and activities for best practices.


* Develop a position paper on critical thinking and clinical judgment skills.


* Create a dashboard to help members demonstrate the return on investment in staff development; dashboard indicators might include the following:


[ring operator] use of time


[ring operator] time to competency


[ring operator] attendance


[ring operator] outcomes


[ring operator] change in incidents/errors


[ring operator] National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) work


[ring operator] roles


* Develop a tool to help members understand various business strategies including fiscal management, marketing and positioning, and business planning.




Increase practice/education collaboration to


1. provide greater preparation of practitioners including the staff development professional and


2. foster understanding of the work and roles of each.



To achieve this priority, NNSDO will do the following:


* Explore partnership with other organizations.


* Identify best practices in preceptorship.


* Participate in the development of revised scope and standards of nursing professional development.


* Seek opportunities to influence the development of Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) role.


* Serve as resource for work in genetics and genomics.



Other priorities set by the board for completion in 2008 include completion of the third edition of the Core Curriculum for Staff Development, completion of revisions to the nursing professional development certification preparation course, significant progress on the revisions to the nursing professional development scope and standards of practice, implementation of the online abstract submission process, development of online networking forums, and development of membership recruitment and retention strategies.


The NNSDO board welcomes feedback from members about its proposed priorities. Additional information about NNSDO's progress in meeting these goals and priorities will be shared in the NNSDO section of Journal for Nurses in Staff Development and in other forums.