Celebrating 25 Years

Celebrating 25 Years

GUEST EDITORIAL Celebrating 25 Years Bobbie Crew Nelms, PhD, RN, CPNP, & Ruth G. Mullins Berg, PhD, RN, CPNP EditorÕs Note: The Journal of Pediatric ...

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Celebrating 25 Years Bobbie Crew Nelms, PhD, RN, CPNP, & Ruth G. Mullins Berg, PhD, RN, CPNP EditorÕs Note: The Journal of Pediatric Health Care (JPHC) has just completed 25 years of publication. As we celebrate this milestone, we are honored that the founding editors of JPHC, Drs. Bobbie Crew Nelms and Ruth G. Mullins Berg, have contributed the first editorial for this year. ItÕs difficult to believe that itÕs been 25 years since the initial JPHC issue was published in January of 1987. The publication of this first issue culminated a year of planning and preparation for the publication to be the official journal of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). The original mission of JPHC was to provide readers with the latest information on a variety of pediatric topics that would be useful in the various areas of practice in which pediatric nurse practitioners found themselves. Currency, relativity, and applicability were some initial goals. We wished to develop a journal that would meet the needs of an ever-developing and expanding profession: that of the advanced practice pediatric nurse. We remember when, as the two potential editors of this fledgling journal, we sat and listened to a keynote address at a NAPNAP Annual Conference. When we heard the speaker tell the audience that to accomplish great things, one might need to jump out of a window in a leap of faith, we knew the next step. That ‘‘jump’’ was the adventure of a lifetime. To bring JPHC to fruition, both an Advisory Board and an Editorial Board were established. The Advisory Board consisted of Bonnie Bullough, Nancy D. Hazard, Mavis L. McGuire, and Barbara Norwitz. The purpose of the Advisory Board was to set policies for JPHC and to define the role(s) of the Editor, Assistant Editor, and Department Editors. The Editorial Board consisted of Margaret Brady, Beatrice N. Gaunder, Mary Murphy, Virginia Layng Millonig, and Carol Rudy. The purpose of the Editorial Board was to determine the content direction of JPHC. To this end, eight departments were

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created (NAPNAP Update, Legislative News, Growth and Development, Literature Abstracts, Pediatric Pharmacology, Patient Management Exchange, Patient Education Review, and Product Alert). The Editorial Board also was charged with identifying content for potential original articles and authors who might be appropriate to write those articles. Finally, an initial panel of manuscript reviewers was selected, some of whom remain reviewers to this day. It was truly an exciting time for all persons involved in the early development of JPHC. Dr. Nelms, in the initial Editorial, discussed the development of NAPNAP and JPHC as a ‘‘coming of age’’ and compared it to the tasks the adolescent masters on the road to reaching adulthood. She noted that NAPNAP was taking a major step in the maturational process by establishing an official journal, and that the sense of identity that came with this step was an important milestone on the road to achieving recognition as a strong organizational voice for the advocacy of families and children. That incredible organizational and journal development continues today. Very soon, the Advisory Board was merged into the Editorial Board, and at each Annual Meeting, the current professional status of pediatric health care and the development of the professional role were discussed and changes were made accordingly. A spring Editorial Board meeting was added that was designed especially to provide Department Editors with the opportunity to contribute to the timeliness of JPHC Õs content and format. Over the years, Departments were added and some were removed, based on feedback from reader surveys and the advice of the Editorial Board. A Clinical Report division was added to distinguish content of a more clinical nature from that of a more informational discussion. As the years progressed, the editors were encouraged by the support of JPHC Õs development that was offered by NAPNAP, the publisher, and the membership in general. It can be said without reservation that the progression of the developmental course of JPHC was smooth and that each milestone was accomplished with dignity and support of all involved. In the May/June 1997 issue, which marked the 10th anniversary of JPHC, Dr. Nelms reiterated that each year, ‘‘The mission of NAPNAP and the goals for the Journal are reviewed to determine whether there is a match or whether changes are needed.’’ As more roles emerged for practitioners in January/February 2012


inpatient settings, the original focus of ambulatory care was enlarged to include acute care. Editorial Board member changes were made to reflect the current professional status. New Department and Clinical Report editors were added. Looking back at the editorial progress, wonderful people (too numerous to mention) have been associated with JPHC. Some of those people are no longer with us and so we memorialize them. Some are now retired and we thank them for their service. Everyone involved with JPHC deserves special recognition.

JPHC has made some significant editorial changes. More focus on research and more content on pharmacology, acute care, evidence-based practice, and expanded role development have been added, in addition to a greater online presence. As NAPNAP has enlarged its leadership sphere of influence, so too has JPHC. As we review our 21 years of direct involvement, we, the editors emeritae, are encouraged that the progress of JPHC will continue to reflect the current status of pediatric health care and scholarship for the next 25 years and beyond.

JPHC Manuscript Roundtable Join us at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 33rd Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care. An informative and interactive session will be held highlighting the Department features in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, NAPNAP's official journal. Prospective authors and anyone interested in learning about publishing should plan to attend on March 30th at 5:30 p.m. Interested participants are encouraged to sign up for the session when completing their conference registration. Authors interested in submitting a paper for review and dialogue with journal editors should e-mail papers to Sarah Martin at [email protected] by March 1st. Author information is available at www.jpedhc.org.


Volume 26  Number 1

Journal of Pediatric Health Care