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University of Maryland professor becomes editor of nursing journal


Patricia G. Morton, RN, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, has been named editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing.

The Journal of Professional Nursing is a publication for nurse educators published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Under Morton’s editorial leadership, the journal will continue its scholarly emphasis on education, research and policy. According to a news release, Morton wants to include articles that are timely and deal with contemporary issues in nursing, such as the national effort to implement recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine report on the future of nursing. Morton also is seeking to move the journal, which is currently in print form only, into the digital age.

“I am honored to take over a journal that has a long legacy of excellence,” Morton said in the release. “With the guidance of the editorial board, we will strategically plan for transitions in the journal that will help readers access it online and perhaps offer additional features electronically.”

Morton has been a nurse and nurse educator for more than 30 years and also has a background in writing. According to the release, she developed an interest in writing early in her career, and with the help of a mentor, she was first published in 1982. Over the years, Morton has published three textbooks and dozens of articles and has sat on editorial boards of several nursing journals.

Morton’s new role is in addition to her duties with UMSON and her position as a nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.


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