Academic journal article Journal of Nursing Measurement

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Nursing Measurement

Editorial

Article excerpt

I would like to give a huge "thank you" to everyone who has submitted, reviewed, and published in the Journal of Nursing Measurement (JNM). It is your efforts that help make this a high-quality journal, publishing important advances in nursing measurement.

Having acknowledged those who are generous with their time though, I must admit that I have been thinking quite a bit these days about professional responsibility and what exactly it entails. For most people, professional responsibility involves service to the profession in the form of serving as officers in professional organizations and peer reviewing papers and grants. Basically, service entails spending time on volunteer efforts.

Of the 4 million nurses in the United States, approximately 6% have a master's degree and 1% have a doctoral degree. So there is, in reality, a small pool of those with advanced degrees available to serve as officers and perform peer reviews. The pool of applicants for peer review is narrowed even further by the specialty knowledge needed about measurement in order to be a reviewer for JNM. For the most part, people are generous with their time, which I recognize is valuable, but at the same time I am shocked and dismayed at how difficult it is at times to get quality peer reviews in a timely manner for some manuscripts. …

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