The Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) advances the specialty practice of nursing professional development for the enhancement of healthcare outcomes. Professional development as a specialty of nursing practice is defined by standards, based on research, and critical to quality patient and organizational outcomes. Founded in 1989 as the National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO), ANPD has grown to nearly 4000 members who provide lifelong learning opportunities to licensed nurses.

ANPD is committed to providing research and resources that enhance our practice locally, in each of our organizations. As we integrate professional development best practices in achieving our organizations’ goals we truly enhance healthcare outcomes. As we focus on priorities, we enhance collaboration and provide valuable expertise in our organizations.

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Recent Submissions

  • Standardizing Nursing Orientation in a Multi-hospital Health System 

    Willis, Nikki; Wade, Tammy; Watson, Adrienne
    A Pacific Northwest health system, with ten hospitals across three states, sought to standardize nursing orientation competencies. In merging Clinical Education departments across the health system, opportunities to ...
  • Flipping Competency Sessions 

    Wertz, Bridget; Pascarelli, Pamela; Rioux, Kristina
    “How do you ensure that nurses maintain competency?” This is one of the most common, and certainly one of the most important questions in acute care clinical settings. The importance of and confusion with this question is ...
  • Beyond Checking the Box: Developing Meaningful Introductory Competencies 

    Warner, Nikki; Hoerl, Kristina
    Orientation checklists are traditionally lengthy, and are often missing measurable statements or sufficient verification methods to validate an employee’s competence. Additionally, checklists focus on technical skills and ...
  • Socializing Millennials in a Baby Boomer World: The Influence of NPD Practitioners 

    Opperman, Cathleen S.; Humphrey, Lori
    Whether we “blame” the Millennials for being insecure and job hopping; or the Boomers for being technology resistant, frozen to the old ways and parents of the coddled Millennials; or the complacent Xers smashed in the ...
  • Speaking to the Heart of our Patients: Leading an Empathic Communication Educational Initiative 

    Mullenbach, Dana; Burkhartzmeyer, Holly; Arcand, Lori; Preston, Heather
    Patient experience continues to be at the forefront of many healthcare organizations. A large Midwestern tertiary-care organization implemented an empathic communication educational initiative in the Department of Nursing ...
  • Ensuring Patient Privacy: Are Your Educational Materials Free from Harm? 

    McGuire, Theresa; Burkhartzmeyer, Holly; Arcand, Lori; Preston, Heather
    Have you ever reflected on a patient scenario that did not go well? Then thought it would make an excellent case study? While developing that educational content, have you ever considered that you could be violating patient ...
  • Innovating Required Education with Gaming and Collaboration 

    Mangold, Kara
    Designing and implementing education required by regulatory bodies is not always the most enticing topic for Nursing Professional Development Practitioners (NPDPs). While these topics have safety in mind, they can become ...
  • Developing Quality Questions for Various Applications 

    Laughlin, Deborah; Nedeau-Cayo, Rosemarie
    Quality questions enable the nursing professional development (NPD) practitioner to evaluate knowledge, assess critical thinking and obtain data. Best practices have been identified for writing meaningful multiple-choice ...
  • Paperless Precepting: Innovative Use of Electronic Resources for Orientation 

    Knippa, Sara; Forbes, Margaret
    This session will focus on best practices and pitfalls for developing orientation plans that incorporate prerequisite E-Learning with in-person training for acute, progressive, and critical care novice nurses. Topics will ...
  • The Transformative Power of a Transition RN Fellowship 

    Hall, Sandy; Brady, Stephanie
    Despite the existence of an established new graduate RN Residency program, nursing managers at an urban freestanding children’s hospital reported ongoing staffing difficulties, due in part to an inability to efficiently ...
  • From Boring to Learning: Engaging Strategies 

    Floyd, Patricia Ann
    The task was given to revise a four hour mandatory class that had been presented in strictly lecture format using computer generated slideshow with the objectives of the nurse being able to recognize and intervene on the ...
  • Hit the Ground Running: Onboarding Agency Personnel 

    Cook, Michelle; Matamoros, Lisa; Risch, Carol; Gehrich, Pamela; Spence, Amy
    A pediatric academic medical center identified a need for additional nursing resources for the acute care areas due to fluctuating census and acuity. A lack of a robust pool of experienced nurses in this geographical area ...
  • Leading an Innovative, Creative Enhancement to Preceptor Role Development 

    Clubbs, Stephanie; Westerheide-Haller, Teresa
    Our previous Preceptor Workshop was an 8-hour live class, mostly lecture and little engagement of learners. Preceptors requested more strategies to help them develop skills in providing feedback (positive/negative) to ...
  • Breaking the Cycle of Horizontal Violence 

    Brunt, Barbara
    Horizontal violence (HV) in healthcare has been extensively documented and has negative outcomes for registered nurses, their patients, and health care employers. Individual impact includes emotional aspects, such as ...
  • Aspire to Lead: Developing Clinical Coaching Plans 

    Boyer, Susan A.
    Clinical Coaching plans provide clear, consistent and concise information pertaining to standardized knowledge and specific performance criteria required in the specialty. While the tools are significant assets for ...
  • Innovation: Reconstruction for Discovery 

    Barker, Sarah; Rachac, Jonathan
    Innovative frameworks are not consistently utilized for problem solving and increasing engagement. Barriers to innovative thinking have been identified due to lack of knowledge and direction. Innovative models (linear, ...
  • Meeting the Needs of Night Nurses with a Night Shift Nurse Educator 

    Carmichael, Tanya; Cohen, Sara
    To support the professional development and educational needs of night shift nurses, a Night Shift Clinical Nurse Education Specialist role was created using the ANPD’s NPD Practice Model.
  • Imagine Flipping the Classroom to Improve Outcomes 

    Chomic, Stacey L.
    Looking for an effective teaching strategy that reduces education costs, utilizes resources responsibly, improves outcomes, and is aligned with adult learning principles? Consider “flipping the classroom.”
  • Battling Substance Use Disorder – The Silent Epidemic in Nursing 

    St. Cyr, Sheila
    Imagine that one in 10 nurses abuses drugs or alcohol. This session provides NPD practitioners with the tools to develop education programs to battle the silent epidemic.
  • Experience the Magic! Engaging Learners Through Gamification and Tech 

    Davis, Renee M.; Petrizzo, Melinda
    Imagine fully engaged participants in orientation! Explore the integration of online gamification in a centralized, interprofessional, clinical orientation program.

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