Editor-in-Chief: Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN
ISSN: 1057-3631
Online ISSN: 1550-5065
Frequency: 4 issues / year
Ranking: Nursing 66/103
Impact Factor: 1.293 (5-Year)
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About This Issue

This issue marks the beginning of the 30th year anniversary of JNCQ. Much has happened in health care and nursing care quality over the last 30 years. We begin the issue with a commentary on teamwork from AHRQ. Cosper et al. describe a QI initiative to reduce restraint use in 4 acute care hospitals within their health system. A variety of interventions were used including multidisciplinary rounds on restrained patients, increased availability of restraint alternatives, development of unit-based restraint champions, and education of both staff and health care providers about restraints. The interventions proved to be highly effective. A project to decrease CLABSI used the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to guide the selection of 4 Plan-Do-Study-Act interventions. The rate decreased from 3.2 to 0.6 infections per 1000 catheter-days. Deep vein thrombosis remains a source of adverse outcomes in surgical patients. Restrepo et al. created a guideline that reflected current evidence about mechanical modalities for deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis. Read about their project and outcomes. This issue also includes an article about using follow-up telephone calls for patients at high risk to reduce readmissions. This initiative can be replicated in all types of settings. Although speaking up to protect patients is a key ethical and moral mandate for nurses, silence still prevails in many situations. Rainer reviews the literature and offers a new theoretical framework, which identifies primary factors of speaking up:  generational, personal culture, and organizational. Other papers in this issue include a study on a new close observation unit and its effectiveness in preventing falls, travel nurse job performance, and 3 international studies.Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

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