Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

Humble Beginnings, Great Expectations

Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

Humble Beginnings, Great Expectations

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On an experiential level, assuming the editorship of Research and Theory for Nursing Practice has given me an immediate and deeper appreciation for "behind the scenes" work of the many editors to whose journals I have submitted dozens of manuscripts over the last 2 decades. In accepting this post, I reasoned that my experiences as a consumer, author, reviewer, and teacher of nursing research had provided me with some basis for taking on the responsibilities of a science editor in nursing. It did. By comparison, this basis felt roughly equivalent in size to a postage stamp on an 11 χ 14 manila envelope, both sides of the envelope that is, as I labored, much like the birthing process, to produce "my" first issue. Certainly, I had anticipated a learning curve and the physical rush of a good workout. I did not realize the curve would assume the slope of a nearly vertical line with a physical reaction to match!

Although this new experience of being an editor has been humbling so far, it has not been completely daunting. Fortunately, I do not give up easily in the face of most challenges, especially in the domain of my professional life. The truth is that I have generally appreciated fresh challenges because they push me to perform at new heights. My hope and vision as an editor is to propel Research and Theory for Nursing Practice to new frontiers as well, all for the advancement of nursing science and practice.

As readers, scholars, authors, reviewers, and editorial board members, I invite you to join me in this endeavor. …

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