Progress: Forward and Onward

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<ul><li><p>EDITORIAL O</p><p>Progress: ForwarJan Odom-Forren, PhD</p><p>There are many ways of going forward, but</p><p>only one way of standing still.</p><p> Franklin D. Roosevelt</p><p>our columnists for the journal with pictures so that</p><p>latory surgery, Cochrane nursing reviews, clinical</p><p>Conflict of Interest: None to report. 2013 by American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses</p><p>issues, practice questions, evidence-based prac-tice, global connections, informatics, pain,</p><p>1089-9472/$36.00</p><p> can put faces to the names that you read on</p><p>a regular basis. You will notice that this year there</p><p>are many columnists back from previous years. We</p><p>will continue with our columns that discuss ambu-</p><p>anesthesia Nursing Consultant in Louisville, KY, and is an As-</p><p>sistant Professor at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.</p><p>Address correspondence to JanOdom-Forren, 800Edenwood</p><p>Circle, Louisville, KY 40243; e-mail address: jodom29373@aolJan Odom-Forren, PhD, RN, CAPAN, FAAN, is a Peri-One definition of the word progress is that it is a</p><p>forward and onward movement.1 Or, it has been</p><p>described as a gradual betterment.1 Florence</p><p>Nightengale once said about nursing, For us</p><p>who nurse, our nursing is a thing which, unless</p><p>we are making progress every year, every month,</p><p>every week, take my word for it, we are goingback.2</p><p>You may have noticed that we at JoPAN started the</p><p>issue year in February with a bangwith a new,</p><p>updated, colorful cover. The colors match the</p><p>new color scheme that became a part of ASPANs</p><p>new logo over the past year. And you will notice</p><p>that the cover pictures are also in color. We are</p><p>making progress. If you will indulge me this edito-</p><p>rial, I would like to take some time to tell you of theprogress of JoPAN over the past year; introduce</p><p>you to a few new faces, and celebrate this issue.</p><p>Impact Factor</p><p>There are many ways to determine the quality of</p><p>a journal. For a specialty journal such as ours, we</p><p>consider it a success when our journal is consid-</p><p>ered the premier journal for nurses who care for</p><p>patients who have undergone procedures requir-</p><p>ing sedation, analgesia, or anesthesia. To know</p><p>that the journal impacts the safe and quality care</p><p>The ideas or opinions expressed in this editorial are those</p><p>solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions</p><p>of ASPAN, the Journal, or the Publisher.Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, Vol 28, No 2 (April), 2013: pp 55-57PINION</p><p>d and Onward, RN, CPAN, FAAN</p><p>of perianesthesia patients internationally is suc-</p><p>cess. To know that clinicians and researchers are</p><p>able to identify our journal as significantly meeting</p><p>the needs of both is success.</p><p>It is also nice to have that success also identified by</p><p>outside organizations. If you go to JOPANs web</p><p>page at, you will notice a new de-tail featuredour latest impact factor. For some of</p><p>you reading this journal, impact factor (IF) may be</p><p>a new term. In the field of scientific publishing, it is</p><p>an important term. Impact factors are calculated</p><p>yearly for those journals that are indexed in the</p><p>Journal Citation Reports (JCR) published by Thom-</p><p>son Reuters. We began the long journey of becom-</p><p>ing indexed in the JCR a few years ago. The IF fora journal is calculated based on a three-year period</p><p>and is the average number of times published pa-</p><p>pers are cited up to two years after publication.</p><p>It is a measure of the frequency with which the av-</p><p>erage article in a journal has been cited in a partic-</p><p>ular year.3 The impact factor of a journal is</p><p>calculated by dividing the number of citations in</p><p>the current year by the items published in thatjournal during the previous two years.3 There is</p><p>some debate in the scientific community about</p><p>whether the IF in fact should be used as a quality</p><p>measurement for academic advancement or deter-</p><p>mination of grant recepients.4 However, currently</p><p>it remains a quality measurement, more difficult to</p><p>obtain for specialty journals because of limited ci-</p><p>tations by other specialty journals, so we arepleased to be counted now among those journals</p><p>indexed by JCR with an IF.</p><p>Columnists</p><p>Each year in the April issue of JoPAN, we showcase55</p></li><li><p>New Zealand, Dr. Crampton currently works in</p><p>and I would rotate our editorials using the front</p><p>stress in the military population, and a computerpathophysiology, patient safety, pharmacology and</p><p>research news with expert from those fields. Our</p><p>newest columnist is Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD,</p><p>RN, CNS, CCNS, FAAN, who will author a new col-</p><p>umn titled Critical Care Connections. Dr. Makicis focused on nursing-driven interventions that op-</p><p>timize outcomes of critically ill and acutely ill pa-</p><p>tients. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in</p><p>critical care for more than 20 years and is a co-</p><p>editor of Trauma nursing: From resuscitation</p><p>through rehabilitation (4th ed). In her current</p><p>clinical position as Research Nurse Scientist in</p><p>Critical Care at the University of Colorado Hospi-tal, she has several active studies and quality</p><p>projects in the acute care nursing practice environ-</p><p>ment including prevention of pressure ulcers in</p><p>high risk perioperative patients, sedation manage-</p><p>ment in non-intubated burn injured patients, and</p><p>effectiveness of chlorhexidine gluconate versus</p><p>standard bathing in reducing hospital-aquired</p><p>infections. In her column she will address newevidence and concerns about the critically ill peri-</p><p>anesthesia patient.</p><p>We not only add columns when the need arises,</p><p>but we occasionally retire columns that have</p><p>been in the journal for long periods of time. Pam</p><p>Windle, MS, RN, NE-BC, CPAN, CAPA, FAAN, was</p><p>columnist for the Research column for the pastfew years and we express our sincere thanks to</p><p>her for her hard work and diligence in writing</p><p>that column for many years. She hasnt totally re-</p><p>tiredbut moved as a valuable member of our ed-</p><p>itorial advisory board. We also retired our</p><p>Leadership and Management column, which was</p><p>authored by Maureen Iacono, BSN, RN, CPAN, for</p><p>many years. Maureen also did not retire, but willcontinue as the author of a new column that fo-</p><p>cuses on the perianesthesia culture. In this issue</p><p>she discusses a culture of accountability.</p><p>Editorial Advisory Board</p><p>We are also fortunate to have an expert board of</p><p>editorial advisers who give us objective advice, as-</p><p>sist us in our strategic plan, function as reviewers</p><p>for the journal, and evaluate our progress. All of</p><p>the members of our editorial board are seasoned</p><p>authors and have expertise in perianesthesia con-</p><p>tent whether in research, practice, or leadership.</p><p>56We have made it a priority over the past few years</p><p>to increase the diversity of our advisory board, sodocumentation project from Denmark. In addi-</p><p>tion, we have a continuing education article onhand hygiene. The columns range from pain man-</p><p>agement in the non-verbal critically ill patient to</p><p>gastrointestinal reflux disease to a culture of ac-</p><p>countability in the perianesthesia setting. Other</p><p>columns discuss medication compounding and</p><p>safe use of patient-controlled analgesia.</p><p>Your Feedback</p><p>Dr. Hooper and I are always open to your thoughts</p><p>and ideas. Feel free to email us (vallire.hooper@msj</p><p>.org or with your sugges-page editorial one issue, and then rotating to the</p><p>back page editorial for the next issue. We think it</p><p>is time to give you the opportunity to hear from</p><p>those on our editorial advisory board who also</p><p>have opinions and who have volunteered to sharethose opinions with you. And it gives our editorial</p><p>advisory board members the opportunity to flex</p><p>their writing muscles. So each issue you can look</p><p>forward to a new guest editorial on the back page.</p><p>This Issue</p><p>In this issue we have articles that discuss a new</p><p>perioperative class for BSN students, preoperativeMelbourne, Australia. She has been involved in</p><p>the perianaesthesia area in various capacities for</p><p>over 15 years and teaches the specialty to nurses</p><p>at a postgraduate level. She regularly speaks at con-</p><p>ferences and has a particular interest in educa-</p><p>tional theory. We express our thanks to Kathryn</p><p>Fraser of Palmerston North, New Zealand who ro-tated off the board this year.</p><p>The Back Page</p><p>You will also notice a change to the editorial</p><p>known as The Back Page. In the past, Dr. Hooperyou will notice that it now has an international fla-</p><p>vor with board members not only from the US, but</p><p>also from Australia, Canada, Finland, and the</p><p>United Kingdom. Our newest member this year</p><p>is Ruth Crampton, PhD, MN, RN. Originally from</p><p>JAN ODOM-FORRENtions for future columns or any other innovative</p><p>ideas. This is your journal.</p></li><li><p>References</p><p>1. Merriam-Webster. Progress. Available at: http://www.</p><p> Accessed February</p><p>9, 2013.</p><p>2. Florence Nightengale. The Florence Nightengale Founda-</p><p>tion. Available at: http://www.florence-nightingale-foundation</p><p> Accessed February 9, 2013.</p><p>3. Thomson Reuters. The Thomson Reuters Impact Factor.</p><p>Available at:</p><p>science/free/essays/impact_factor/. Accessed February 9,</p><p>2013.</p><p>4. Metze K. Bureaucrats, researchers, editors, and the impact</p><p>factor a vicious circle that is detrimental to science. Available</p><p>at:</p><p>Accessed February 9, 2013.</p><p>EDITORIAL OPINION 57</p><p>Progress: Forward and OnwardImpact FactorColumnistsEditorial Advisory BoardThe Back PageThis IssueYour FeedbackReferences</p></li></ul>