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

  • Effects of clinical nurse educator professional role development: An evidence-based quality improvement project 

    Dagg, Connie
    Centralization of Clinical Nurse Educators (CNEs) from the Med-Surg and Critical Care units of a Midwestern health care system created role confusion and poor role outcomes. This evidence-based quality improvement (EBPQI) ...
  • NPD Forecast: NPD role - learning facilitator 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Walker, Mandi (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-11-21)
    In this episode, Jenn and Jillian explore the NPD role of Learning Facilitator with ANPD Board Director, Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN-K, NEA-BC. The NPD Forecast features leading voices of the NPD community, ...
  • NPD Forecast: Tech tools 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Baughman, Caroline (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2020-11-02)
    This episode discusses new Tech Tools modules ANPD has launched in collaboration with the Montana Nurses Association. The NPD Forecast features leading voices of the NPD community, discussing best practices and the ...
  • NPD Forecast: Virtual simulation 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Gilbert, Marie (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2020-12-07)
    The focus of the podcast is "Can virtual simulation approaches used in academia offer innovative solutions that NPD practitioners can adapt to meet professional development needs when face-to-face learning environments are ...
  • NPD Forecast: Journaling for NPD practitioners 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Mora, Amy (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-02-01)
    In this episode, Amy Mora joins Jenn and Jillian to explore how NPD practitioners can benefit from journaling both for personal and professional growth. Join Jenn Bodine, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CEN and Jillian Russell, MSN, RN, ...
  • NPD Forecast: The role of the change agent 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-01-19)
    In this episode, Jenn and Jillian discuss the nursing professional development (NPD) practitioner’s role as a change agent and how change management theories can be implemented into practice. The NPD Forecast features ...
  • NPD Forecast: Thinking outside the box - leveraging expertise from other industries 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Bodine, Thomas; Russell, Jimi; Leslie, Ande; Espy, Erin; Janiszewski, Jaime (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-03-15)
    In this episode, a panel of experts from other industries join Jenn and Jillian to share pearls of wisdom that NPD practitioners can glean from. Join Jenn Bodine, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CEN and Jillian Russell, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, ...
  • NPD Forecast: NPD role - champion for scientific inquiry 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Opperman, Cathleen (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-09-13)
    In this episode, Jenn and Jillian explore the NPD role of Champion for Scientific Inquiry with ANPD Board Director, Cathleen Opperman, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, CPN. Join Jenn Bodine, DNP, FNP-C, NPD-BC, CEN and Jillian ...
  • NPD Forecast: Super ghoul NPD jobs 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; St. Cyr, Sheila; Purdy, Lisa A.; Youl, Zoe (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-10-25)
    In this spooktacular episode of the NPD Forecast, Jenn and Jill unmask some super ghoul NPD jobs with special guests, Sheila St. Cyr, Lisa Purdy, and Zoe Youl. The NPD Forecast features leading voices of the NPD community, ...
  • NPD Forecast: Virtual debriefing 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Horsley, Elizabeth (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-04-12)
    In this episode, Elizabeth Horsley—a simulation marvel—joins Jenn and Jillian to explore barriers encountered in virtual debriefing and discuss best practices for debriefing whether virtual or in real life ...
  • NPD Forecast: Combating clinician burnout: NPD implications and strategies 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Kinlaw, Tabitha; Kelley, Katrina (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-05-03)
    Alarming statistics regarding clinician burnout have surfaced over the last several months. In this episode, Jenn, Jillian, and guests—Tabitha Kinlaw MSN, MBA, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR, ONC and Katrina Kelley MSN, MHA, RN, ...
  • NPD Forecast: NPD role- Partner for practice transitions 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Frija, Rachael (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-05-24)
    In this episode, Jenn and Jillian explore the NPD role of partner for practice transitions with ANPD Board Treasurer, Rachael Frija, DNP, RN, NPD-BC. Join Jenn Bodine, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CEN and Jillian Russell, MSN, RN, ...
  • NPD Forecast: Transgender care and LGBTQ health disparities 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Zimmerman, DelRay; Houske, Kelly (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-06-14)
    As nurses, we have an obligation to reduce disparities in healthcare. In this episode, Jenn, Jillian, and guests—DelRay Zimmerman and Kelly Houske—explore the reality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, ...
  • NPD Forecast: Getting involved- ANPD affiliates 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Wilson, Chris; Holtschneider, Mary; Brown, Hilary (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-07-12)
    Jenn and Jillian sit down with Chris Wilson, Mary Holtschneider, and Hilary Brown—three ANPD affiliate leaders—to explore the nuts and bolts of affiliate leadership and engagement. Join Jenn Bodine, DNP, RN, ...
  • NPD Forecast: NPD role- advocate for NPD specialty 

    Bodine, Jenn; Russell, Jillian; Callicutt, Dale (Association for Nursing Professional Development, 2021-07-26)
    In this episode, Jenn and Jillian explore the NPD role of Advocate for NPD Specialty with ANPD Board Director, Dale Callicutt, PhD, RN, CV-BC, NPD-BC, CCRN-K. Join Jenn Bodine, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CEN and Jillian Russell, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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