Brenda Roe and Rita Pickler
Brenda, in common with the whole team, is not directly replaceable. Like every editor, her combination of interests and skills is unique. However, her considerable contribution to JAN will endure and whoever does replace her will have a lot to live up to.
We also say goodbye to Professor Rita Pickler who steps down from JAN to assume the position of Editor‐in‐Chief of Nursing Research. It is no cliché to say that JAN's loss is a gain for Nursing Research. Rita has been our North American Editor – fully part of the team of editors – since January 2013 and has been an incredible asset to JAN. Nursing Research is a fine journal with a history of over 60 years and it has published some seminal articles in nursing over the years. Rita takes with her a vast knowledge of current issues in academic publishing and I know she is hugely respected in the United States for her work in the nursing care of children. She has made a great contribution to JAN in her 5 years with us. In common with Brenda, it is doubtful if there is a direct replacement. However, we are serious about our presence in the USA and we will strive to make an appointment that at least matches Rita's enthusiasm and team spirit.
Brenda and Rita – best wishes and thank you both for your time at JAN.