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Editor-in-chief’s message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope the start of 2019 has been a good one for everyone. We have much to anticipate in the coming year with the journal and NPWH. For now, though, I want to take a look back at 2018, recognize the many individuals who helped us have an excellent year, and celebrate all we have accomplished for the journal.

I’ll start by thanking all the authors of articles published in the 2018 issues of the journal. They brought us high-quality, interesting, and clinically useful information for our everyday practice. The wide variety of content provides something for every reader. As special recognition, we asked readers to choose their Women’s Healthcare 2018 Favorite Articles. Congratulations to these winners:

Feature Articles

First place: The ABCDs of bacterial vaginosis: Abnormal flora, Bothersome symptoms, Chronicity, and the Differential diagnosis, by Alisa Pascale, DNP, WHNP-BC (December 2018)

Second place (tie):
Dense breasts: Cancer risk and supplemental imaging modalities, by Mary Ellen Egger, APN, WHNP, CBPN and Diana L. Lam, MD (March 2018)

Caring for women with disabilities during the perinatal period, by Lorraine Byrnes, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CNM, FAANP; Mary Hickey, EdD, WHNP-BC, FNP; Jin Young Seo, PhD, WHNP-BC; and Lorie Goshin, PhD, RN (December 2018)

Department Articles

First Place: Policy & practice points: Cultivating your inner Wonder Woman: Policy advocacy, by Diana M. Drake, DNP, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC (March 2018)

Second Place: Commentary: WHNPs in specialty programs: My experience in breast surgical oncology, by Caitlyn E. Hull, MS, APRN-CNP, WHNP-BC and Randee L. Masciola, DNP, APRN-CNP, WHNP-BC (September 2018)

I also extend a special thank-you to all the individuals who peer-reviewed manuscripts for us in 2018: 

We rely on their thoughtful and expert feedback to ensure that the articles we publish are the very best.

Our editorial advisory board (EAB) members continue to provide guidance on potential topics and format for the journal. They do this by reviewing feedback from readers on what they want to know more about, staying abreast of contemporary issues, and participating in a yearly meeting. Some of our EAB members also contribute by peer-reviewing manuscripts and submitting manuscripts of their own. I am pleased to welcome Lorraine Byrnes as our newest member of the board.

The HealthCom Media publishing team is outstanding. They bring together diverse talents that keep us moving forward and looking our best. Their commitment to publishing a journal we can be proud of is apparent in all they do. It continues to by my honor and delight to work in partnership with Dory Greene, our journal’s managing editor, as we share a passion in what we do. I appreciate beyond words her expertise, dedication, professionalism, and kindness.

Our Women’s Healthcare journal team includes editors, authors, peer reviewers, EAB members, publisher and publishing staff, and NPWH staff, board of directors (BOD), and CEO Gay Johnson. We all look forward to continuing to provide you with a variety of high-quality, interesting, and clinically relevant articles in 2019.

Beyond the journal, I want to recognize individuals who have participated on writing groups that create NPWH position statements. These individuals bring expertise and dedication to a process that takes time, discussion, and an ability to interact in a meaningful way to create a product that reflects the NPWH mission and values. In 2018, the NPWH BOD approved four new position statements:

Cervical Cancer Screening

Men with Breast Conditions: The Role of the WHNP Specializing in Breast Care

Male Sexual and Reproductive Health: The Role of WHNPs

Brain Health is Women’s Health

The writing group members for these position statements are:

Reviewers and individuals who provide feedback through public comment strengthen our position statements. I want to thank all who participated in this process.

We expect 2019 to be another busy year as NPWH continues to grow and provide the services and products we hear that our members want. We look forward to seeing you at NPWH events and hearing from you throughout the year!




Editor-in-chief’s message

Dear Colleagues,

What a wonderful time of the year—spring is in full swing, and many of us are planning for summertime events. As we move into summer, I invite you to take a few minutes to reflect on nurse practitioners (NPs) in the world of women’s health who have been an inspiration to you and others. With its Inspiration in Women’s Health Awards, NPWH gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate NPs who have inspired us. These awards will be presented at our 21st Annual NPWH PremierWomen’s Healthcare Conference, which will take place in San Antonio, Texas, on October 10-13, 2018. Continue reading »

Editor-in-chief’s message: Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs (WH) reader survey

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to everyone who completed our recent Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs (WH) reader survey. We received 481 responses. The information you provided is very helpful to us as we continue to strive to bring you articles on topics of the utmost importance and interest. As a team, the WH editing and publishing staff, the WH editorial advisory board, NPWH CEO Gay Johnson, and I do listen to what you, our readers, tell us as we plan content and format.  Continue reading »

Editor-in-chief ’s message

Dear Colleagues,

In January 2017, the NPWH Board of Directors approved our position statement on human sex trafficking, which is published in this issue of the journal. The work of the writing group on the position statement started in October 2016. It seems that, nearly every week since that time, I see something in the media about human trafficking.

At our annual conference last year in New Orleans, Dr. Kimberly Chang gave a highly informative and impassioned presentation on human trafficking. Dr. Chang is nationally known for her advocacy in the prevention of trafficking and the care of trafficking survivors. Along the way, she has provided me with a variety of resources on both sex and labor trafficking that I want to share with all of you.

One of these resources is HEAL – Health, Education, Advocacy, and Linkages. HEAL is an independent network of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors—from a public health perspective. At the HEAL Trafficking website, you can find educational resources, as well as access a protocol toolkit for healthcare settings.

The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) is housed within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). At the OTIP website, you can find factsheets, brochures, and posters supporting DHHS’s Look Beneath the Surface campaign, which can be used to increase community awareness about human trafficking. In addition, the website has information on victim assistance services and training resources, and it provides reports on trafficking from other federal agencies.

The Polaris Project provides trafficking statistics, offers information on a variety of trafficking prevention initiatives, and sponsors the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) and the BeFree Textline (text HELP to 233733 [BEFREE]). You can find out more on the Polaris Project website.

If you want in-depth and up-to-date information on a variety of trafficking issues, I recommend the textbook Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue: A Paradigm Expansion in the United States (2017). This book has 24 chapters covering topics such as Sex Trafficked and Missed, LGBTQ Youth and Vulnerability to Sex Trafficking, Physical Health of Human Trafficking Survivors: Unmet Essentials, Caring for Survivors Using a Trauma-Informed Care Framework, The Ignored Exploitation: Labor Trafficking in the USA, and Human Trafficking: Perspectives on Prevention. You can download individual chapters or purchase the complete book.

NPWH will continue to provide leadership and collaborate with other organizations and agencies to deliver education to increase knowledge and provide resources for NPs to identify, assess, and respond to the needs of trafficked individuals. Furthermore, we will advocate for policies and public health campaigns that will help stop trafficking.