ANPD Blog—ASPE Award


Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE and Kari L. Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC are the co-editors of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development.

As Co-Editors of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development we are honored to partner with ANPD leadership and members, the Wolters Kluwer publishing team, and readers and authors. Our work in editing the Journal provides us with a unique opportunity to see first-hand the research and work of our nursing professional development (NPD) colleagues—evidence of their collaboration. We are especially honored to share that the Journal recently received a highly regarded Bronze Award from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE). The Society recognizes editorial excellence and achievement in the field of healthcare publishing—nursing, medical, and ancillary healthcare fields.

ASHPE’s mission states “The American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of healthcare publication editors, and thereby expanding their value to, and contribution of, the publications they serve.”  “ASHPE is committed to:

  • fostering the highest ethical standards in management;
  • rewarding excellence in publications development and editorial performance;
  • and serving as an authority on evolving trends in the healthcare publishing sector.” (ASHPE).

ASHPE has been recognizing excellence in healthcare publication for over 16 years. Submissions, chosen by the editorial team, compete with other healthcare publications, peers in the field. “The award competition is open to all U.S.-based writers, editors and graphic artists involved in the healthcare publishing industry” (ASHPE). This award is clearly one of excellence in the field of healthcare publishing!

Our award was received for “Measuring the Return on Investment for Professional Development Activities, part 1 and 2,” in the category of Best How-To Article. As you may recall from reading these articles, ANPD identified this knowledge need in the 2014 Annual Needs Assessment and the Professional Development Education Committee provided support and guidance in the project to address this need. The articles’ authors are Dr. Cathleen Opperman, Debra Liebig, Judith Bowling, Dr. Carol Susan Johnson, and Dr. Mary Harper. Part 1 was published in the May/June 2016 issue of JNPD, Measuring the Return on Investment for Professional Development Activities: A Review of the Evidence. This was also the continuing Education Feature for the issue. Part two was published in the July/August 2016 issue of JNPD, Measuring the Return on Investment for Professional Development Activities: Implication for Practice. This article defined terms and formulas for financial analysis for NPD practitioners to use in their practice. The article included a table of Known Costs of Outcomes that could be used to build a compelling case for return on investment (ROI). There is also a video from Dr. Opperman on the JNPD web site providing an overview of the authors’ work. 

As nurses and NPD practitioners we are committed to our practice and outcomes. The work of these authors and the dissemination of this significant information provides us with tools to use in analyzing the impact of our practice and communicating the impact of our work to leaders and decision makers in our organizations. The ASHPE award recognizes the significance in publishing these findings and resources. The annual awards competition provides an opportunity for editors to measure their efforts against the very best in the healthcare sector.

Congratulations Journal for Nurses in Professional Development,
2017 ASHPE Award Winner!

Bronze Award - Best How-To Article Category
Measuring Return on Investment for Professional Development Activities, Part I & II

Congratulations to the article authors!
Cathleen Opperman, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPN
Debra Liebig, MLA, BSN, RN-BC
Judith Bowling, MSN, MHA, RN-BC
Carol Susan Johnson, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Mary Harper, PhD, RN-BC

We are honored and delighted to be part of the team including the authors, ANPD, and the Wolters Kluwer publishing team that received this honor.  Please join us in congratulating everyone involving in receiving this distinction!


American Society of HEALTHCE Publication Editors. Retrieved June 17, 2017.

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