Dear Nurse Leaders,
The September edition of JONA has so many articles that are going to be of interest to nurse leaders, it is a challenge to highlight a few. Issues such as women on governing boards and particularly nurses, the effect of nurse leader on the healthy work environment and the ongoing and under-reported issue of missed care are a few of the topics in September.
In "Metasynthesis Exploring Nurses and Women on Governing Boards" Lisa Sundean and Dr. Jacqueline McGrath present an overview of the studies identifying the experiences of women on boards and themes that emerge to help both women on boards as well as nurse leaders who can help position others in these roles.
Dr. Penny Huddleston and Dr. Jennifer Gray report Part 2 of of their study, "Describing Nurse Leaders' and Direct Care Nurses' Perceptions of a Healthy Work Environment in Acute Care". Themes describing healthy work environments were substantiated from earlier work by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Two new themes including genuine teamwork and physical and psychological safety emerged.
Dr. Norma McNair and her co-authors report a study examining the relationship between nursing time use and perceptions of missed care. The study was conducted at two hospitals across a large number of units and showed similar patterns of time use. Notably, 25% of nursing time was spent on documentation. One of the most common tasks that was reported as missing was patient ambulation. This has implications for patient outcomes including length of stay and the other known benefits of ambulation. This study is a must read for nurse executives who are leading organizations and desigining and expecting consistency in practice standards.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the 2016 National Magnet conference in Orlando in October. I will be participating in a "Meet the Editors" session at the research pre-conference as well as presenting a multi-year effort from my own organization to reduce patient falls.
In addition, please watch for our annual Magnet Supplement entitled: "Magnet Culture and Leadership: Research and Empirical Outcomes". This edition provides 9 carefully selected re-prints highlighting the support of nursing research both in leadership and at the point of care. Thanks to the National Magnet Commission and ANCC for their continued partnership wtih JONA.
Also, thanks for the emails I receive with an interest in publishing in JONA or exploring my interest in a topic. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to the Guidelines for Authors located at www.jonajournal.com for guidance about manuscript development and citation information.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
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