Today is my last day as editor-in-chief of AJN. When I arrived in 1999 I had a vision for repositioning the journal and along with a superb editorial team have worked hard to realize that vision. In April AJN was selected by the BioMedical and Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association as one of the 100 most influential journals of the century in biology and medicine (the only nursing journal to make the list). That single accomplishment speaks volumes about the commitment to excellence that we’ve embraced, as had my predecessors at the journal. Look for my Editorial in the July issue, where I’ll say more about this.
The challenges facing publishing demand new visions and renewed energies. I’ll continue as editor-in-chief emeritus during a transitional period; I’ll help to search for a replacement, complete work on some projects, and post to the blog and write for the journal as needed. The journal is in the capable hands of Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN’s editorial director, and the remaining staff, some of whom have worked at the journal as long as or longer than I have.
In September I’ll hold an endowed chair at the Hunter–Bellevue School of Nursing, at the City University of New York. There I’ll be implementing a new vision: I’ll be starting a center for health media and policy with my radio buddy and nurse colleague Barbara Glickstein. We’ve been developing the concept for such a center for years, and I’m delighted that we’ll now be able to work to bring it to fruition with the full support of Hunter College.
To work for this historic journal for the past decade has been a privilege; look for new postings to this blog from me in the coming weeks. My thanks to all of you, AJN’s loyal readers, for 10 years of support, commitment, and encouragement.
—Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, AJN editor-in-chief