Session 3A: The Devil is in the Details! Dos and Don’ts for a Successful Editor Transition

Session 3A: The Devil is in the Details! Dos and Don’ts for Making a Successful Editor Transition–Lessons Learned in Passing the Baton

Presenters: Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN, Founder, Marrelli and Associates, Inc. Former Editor of Home Healthcare Nurse
Maureen Anthony, RN, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Home Healthcare Nurse

Moderator: Sarah Martin, MS, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, Associate Editor, Journal of Pediatric Health Care

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 6, 10:30 am to 11:20 am
Atlantic Room


  1. Identify five ways to make a successful transition.
  2. List five ways not to make this transition between editors.
  3. Define mentoring in the context of nursing editors and role transitions.

Abstract: The responsibilities of the position of editor-in-chief can be overwhelming for those new to the role. As the point person for a nursing specialty journal, the ability of a new nurse editor to be able to reach out to and be supported by an experienced editor cannot be quantified. The depth of knowledge gleaned from the experience of more seasoned editors can assist new editors in a successful transition. Presented by the two nurse editors making the transition, the highlights and pitfalls of this process will be examined as well as lessons learned. This presentation will highlight the value of long-term editorial leadership in the transition to a new editor with limited experience in the history, scope, depth, and operations of journal/journal office operations. From soliciting manuscripts and working with authors to identifying and developing an editorial board and peer reviewers, all these tasks have a subset of important determinants that define the direction and success of a journal. Mentoring and developing of new editors should be a core value in our specialty –“The Devil is in the Details” hopes to move this process forward. Publishers and new nurse editors should consider taking advantage of these resources in our industry. This presentation is designed to be interactive and fun—and as such the presenters welcome queries and e-mails up to the date of the presentation–please leave a comment in the space below as noted in the next paragraph!

Handouts: Click here to access the handout #1 for this session.

Click here to access handout #2-Editorial Board Annual Report Form.
Click here to access handout #3-Editorial Board Evaluation Form.
Click here to access handout #4-Editorial Board Invitation.
Click here to access handout #5-Editorial Board Responsibilities.

Evaluation: Click here to evaluate this session.

Powerpoint: PortlandPP Maureen Tina

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