Elsevier and the Association for Nursing Professional Development Announce Co-development Agreement

Online Course to Help New Nurses Transition to the Clinical Setting

Philadelphia, PA, January 12, 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the Association for Professional Development (ANPD), the leading association focused on advancing the specialty practice of nursing professional development, announced today that they are collaborating to develop a cutting-edge eLearning course to help nursing professional development specialists successfully transition new nurses to the acute-care, medical-surgical setting.

"Our collaboration with ANPD is timely in light of the rising registered nurse (RN) turnover rate, especially among medical-surgical nurses," said Cindy Tryniszewski, RN, MSN, Executive Director, Clinical eLearning, Elsevier Clinical Solutions. "Increasing RN turnover has been linked to a decrease in patient satisfaction, a decrease in staff morale, contributing to inconsistent patient care, and imposing a financial burden on the organization.

Nurses leave an organization for several reasons, including job dissatisfaction from work overload, stress, shortened orientations, and poor physician-nurse relationships. "Our new product will arm nurses with the professional and clinical information and skills to promote their confidence, competence, and job satisfaction," Tryniszewski said.

Development is underway, and the course is scheduled to launch in late 2015. The course will be rich in interactive elements to promote critical thinking and the application of knowledge in the real world clinical situations. Additionally, nursing professional development specialists will have access to several targeted resources to help implement an effective transition program.

"Medical-surgical nursing is one of the most difficult specialties today because of its expansive nature, and we believe the nursing profession should focus more on the unique needs of medical-surgical nurses," said ANPD President Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC. "These nurses are caring for more patients who are acutely ill and have numerous, complex needs. High patient-to-staff ratios require these nurses to be exceptionally efficient and effective in their care."

"This course will be an instrumental tool for nursing professional development specialists to help prepare new nurses and nurses new to medical-surgical nursing to embrace their practice with confidence and competence," said Warren.

This new product adds to Elsevier's library of exclusive, co-developed products with key nursing associations, including the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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About ANPD
ANPD is a professional association of over 3000 nursing professional development specialists and is built on the following foundation: evidence-based education, advocacy and networking. Our goal is to foster the acquisition and application of data-driven practices for the betterment of the NPD specialty. We continue to focus on providing the education, tools and resources to foster the ongoing professional and career development of our members and community.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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