Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
The articles in the July/August edition of JONA are good examples of the use of supplemental digital content files to enhance our publication. I use supplemental digital files (SDC) when authors have lengthy data tables, forms, data collection tools, job descriptions or photos that would be interesting to the reader but push the limits of the allowable printed page space. In July/August, Paige Burtson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC and Laura Vento, MSN, RN, CNL, present a study evaluating the benefit of a mobile video monitoring system to reduce sitter use. In this article, the authors present pre-project data, sitter cost and utilization across 9 facilities, the video monitoring guidelines, an event log for the monitoring technician, and the competency for the technician as supplemental digital content. Although we always provide a corresponding author for contact and further discussion with writing teams and researchers, the large amount of information shared by the authors in the SDC format is an added benefit to the reader. Four articles in July/August have SDC files as supplements.
Each of us are faced with the need to test innovations and implement rapid change to meet chronic and ongoing issues in care settings. Mary Tonges, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN and her co-authors present an overview of their innovation unit model at UNC. I appreciate the comprehensiveness of the article in describing goals, measurement criteria and staffing as well as the resulting outcomes on indicators such as patient experience.
Two national experts in nursing peer review, Vicki George, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Barb Haag-Heitman, PhD, RN, FAAN, PHCNS-BC, discuss the essential components of a model of nursing peer review supporting safety and quality. In the article, the authors discuss the four essential elements of their framework.
The article in June by Rachael Polhemus, MPH, where she discussed the increasing requests for system chief nursing officers to be prepared with MBAs, has generated high levels of interest. I received a guest editorial for our upcoming December edition with an opposing view and am sure more opinions will be verbalized as we explore this topic.
Thanks for the inquiries I receive regarding topics of interest to my email. You can reach me at email@example.com. I am happy to respond to inquiries regarding topics or potential manuscripts and as always appreciate the support and high level of interest among our readers. I hope to see many of you at the 2015 National Magnet Meeting in Atlanta in October.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN