Let's Hear it for Literacy!
AbstractJournal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Editorial Let's Hear it for Literacy! A s I have travelled around the country this past year, I have heard many favorable comments about the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA). For those comments, we, the editors, thank you. The next comments usually are, "I want to read more about the cutting edge/leading edge ideas about clinical practice." My reply is, "So do I!" When I go to conferences and hear the presen- tations, I am always impressed with the new ideas that are being shared. Frequently, the people at the conference will tell me about a particular session or topic they would like to see in JAPNA; and my re- sponse is, "So would I!" I have given some thought to this particular di- lemma, that is, the issue of how the nursing profes- sion moves from the preliterate, the spoken mode of knowledge transmission, to the literate, the written mode of knowledge transmission. When I began in nursing-more years ago than I care to remember I learned all that was to be learned in less than the allotted 3 years and the legendary 1095 days. And there