Two faculty members from Western University of Health Sciences have contributed to the 2017 Special Themed Edition on professional development in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP), a peer-reviewed publication distributed to more than 74,000 individuals monthly.

College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) Professor and Assistant Dean for Research and Administration Rodney Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, served as one of the co-editors of the 2017 special edition and co-authored the editorial “Professional growth and development: A lifetime endeavor.” He also co-authored the article, “Successful Design and Delivery of a Professional Poster.”

“Designing and presenting professional posters are essentials skills that every health care professional should master,” Hicks said. “Many health profession educational programs omit teaching this skill.”

Tim Wood, DHSc, PA-C, director of WesternU’s Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement (CAPE) and Assistant Professor in the College of Allied Health Professions, served as lead author on “Punch Up Your Podium Presentations.”

“Standard presentation style and software has changed little in the past two decades,” Wood said. “Presenters today must engage audience participants and recognize the neurocognitive factors that influence a successful presentation.”

This is the second year that the College of Graduate Nursing and WesternU have had a strong presence in the special editions published by JAANP, said CGN Dean Mary Lopez, PhD, RN.

“I applaud the Journal’s vision in having meaningful content that supports further professional development,” Lopez said.

The intent of this special edition was to add to the preparation of a new generation of nurse practitioners and give special pointers in the area of professional development, said University of Arizona College of Nursing Clinical Professor Judith Berg, PhD, RN, WHNP, FAAN, FAANP, who also served as co-editor.

“AANP recognizes that NPs are required to act as stewards of the role and profession,” she said. “This special edition raises awareness and affords some of the skills needed to be an effective steward.”