Maria Shirey Named Editor-in-Chief of Journal for Healthcare Quality
Dr. Shirey is Professor and Chair, Acute, Chronic, and Continuing Care Department at UAB School of Nursing, Birmingham, Ala., and a noted expert in healthcare leadership and management. Her tenure as JHQ editor is effective with the January issue, posted today. She takes over for outgoing Editor-in-Chief Maulik Joshi, DrPH.
A previous nurse executive with more than 30 years' experience, Dr. Shirey brings a unique set of qualifications for her new editorial role. As faculty member in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at UAB, she is recognized as a prolific contributor to the leadership and healthcare quality literature. Her research centers on leadership and health services outcomes research, focusing on work environments in acute, critical care, and outpatient settings with emphasis on care transitions for population health.
The Journal for Healthcare Quality is the NAHQ's professional forum for continuous advancement of healthcare quality practice. The journal presents original research and other content, providing leaders in diverse and changing environments across healthcare settings with evidence to promote quality improvement, patient safety, performance measurement, and more.
Among Dr. Shirey's other qualifications are her interest in scholarly writing and her dedication to mentoring developing and experienced scholars in the field. She encourages healthcare quality researchers to submit their best work to JHQ using Wolters Kluwer's Editorial Manager system at
Plans for the new year include a JHQ special issue on "Improving Health Outcomes through Population Health," with David Nash, founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health, as Guest Editor. Improving population health outcomes will also be the theme of NAHQ's second annual National Quality Summit, to be held in Dallas on May 11 to 12, 2016.
"It's an honor to be named Editor of this important and prestigious journal, and to play a role in the ongoing development of healthcare quality research and practice," Dr. Shirey comments. "On behalf of the associate editors and the full editorial team, we look forward to hearing from our readers and the research and practice community, as we work together to build on JHQ's history of contributing to important advances in the field."