Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

A New Year, a New Decade, Renewed Commitments and New Beginnings

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

A New Year, a New Decade, Renewed Commitments and New Beginnings

Article excerpt

AH, IT'S JANUARY, THE BEGINNING OF A NEWYEAR. It is time to refresh our resolutions to do good (and well) and change our lives for the better. For Nursing Education Perspectives, this is also a time for transition.

In September 2007, 1 wrote about our renewed emphasis on nursing education research. You will have noticed the headings for the research articles that have been published in the past year. Each such article is labeled so that we highlight the authors' contributions to expanding our science of nursing education. Research articles are also given priority for review and publication.

As with all transitions, there has been a certain amount of frustration, with some potential authors perceiving that there is no venue for their creative work that may not have a research base. I want to emphasize now that we do not exclude manuscripts that are not research based, but with this transition, the bar for publication in Nursing Education Perspectives is set at a higher level. For example, we may recommend to potential authors that they send us evaluations of their innovative programs, rather than mere program descriptions.

It is important to note that we are not abandoning our focus on publishing innovative program developments. In an effort to provide a peer-reviewed outlet for innovation, we will publish such articles primarily in our new Innovation Center column that Linda Caputi, EdD, RN, CNE, a highly respected nurse educator, well-published author, and recent member of the NLN Board of Governors, has agreed to edit. We look forward to her leadership and vision for helping shape the future of nursing education through this new initiative.

The concentration of innovative program developments in the Innovation Center will also serve to centralize this specialized content. …

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