My first column as Editor-in-Chief was written for the inaugural issue of this publication, which was originally called The Oncology Nurse. I can remember the excitement I felt when launching the journal in collaboration with Green Hill Healthcare Communications, LLC. To prepare for the first issue, we selected the editorial board members, arranged the layout, and decided on the content.
As I read the first published issue, I was filled with a sense of pride to be affiliated with a publication that featured articles written by oncology nurses. We were able to cover a variety of topics that were relevant to a wide range of nursing professionals, including hospital-based nurses, bedside nurses, case managers, and oncology nurse navigators. Because we addressed many of the issues that nurses encountered in everyday practice, it was no surprise that our readership grew quickly. Nurses would often share with me that the publication was a way for them to remain up-to-date on important information relevant to their practice.
With the success of the journal, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to expand our focus and include topics of importance to Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) and Physician Asssistants (PAs), which were fast growing roles in oncology care. In April 2010, based on feedback from our editorial board members and readers, the publication was renamed The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA to reflect the numerous team members within hospitals, clinics, and physician practices.
Through the years, new columns and special features have been added to the publication in response to the changing roles of oncology nurses, APNs, and PAs. Online exclusive articles and videos have also been added to The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA website, which is a reflection of the new ways in which information is shared in the digital age.
Today, the scope of coverage in The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA remains a blend of news and events that shape the care of patients with cancer. Much of the content is written specifically by and for hematology/oncology nurses and APNs and is relevant to various practice settings.
Today, I must share with you that this will be my last column as Editor-in-Chief of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA. I am so proud to have been a part of this publication since the inaugural issue, and I am in awe of the journal’s growth since its inception. It has been an honor and a pleasure to partner with the staff of Green Hill Healthcare Communications, LLC, and The Lynx Group, and I have also sincerely enjoyed getting to know so many of our readers throughout the years.
I also have the distinct privilege of introducing you to the new Editor-in-Chief of our publication, Catherine Bishop, who has been a valuable member of the editorial board for many years. It is easier for me to step down from my current role knowing that I am leaving the journal in the hands of such a respected colleague. I have included an overview of Catherine's qualifications and experience so that you can learn more about her.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to all our readers for their dedication to patients, caregivers, and their oncology practice team members. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey!