May 2017 - Volume 47 - Issue 5

  • Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
  • 0002-0443
  • 1539-0721
  • 11 issues / year
  • 1.140
Dear Nurse Leaders,

The May 2017 edition of JONA is our Annual Issue Devoted to Research in Nursing Administration. Each month JONA publishes a variety of articles, with each edition containing research based articles. In the May edition, I try to focus the entire journal on aspects of research supporting leadership and practice in a variety of settings.

In "Exploring the Best Practices of Nursing Research Councils in Magnet Organizations: Findings From a Qualitative Research Study", the authors present their findings after surveying nursing research designees at 26 Magnet organizations. Outcomes include that most research committees are reviewing nursing research as well as evidence-based practice initiatives. Also, one common challenge reported by respondents is the tracking, monitoring and reporting of nursing research.

I found the article "Clarifying the Conundrum: Evidence-Based  Practice, Quality Improvement or Research? The Clinical Scholarship Continuum" a huge teaching tool for nursing leaders and nursing faculty. The authors present definitions for each concept and talk about both the similarities and differences. They also present a table with examples for the reader to further explain their positions.

In "Nursing Informatics Competency Assessment for the Nurse Leader: Instrument Refinement, Validation, and Psychometric Analysis" the authors refine and validate a new instrument to further advance our understanding of health information technology and competencies recommended for nursing leaders. The authors discussed the development and testing phases as well as a presentation of the competency instrument within the article. As we deal with more complex environments, heavily influenced by informatics, the new competency assessment should be incorporated as an assessment tool for professional development planning for nurse leaders.

Thanks for the overwhelming support for JONA. The meetings I have attended this year including the National Magnet Conference and AONE have been fun opportunities to meet so many of our authors in person. I love the Meet the Editor sessions and am glad to answer correspondence on line at the email below about interest in JONA.  

Remember that Melora Ferren, MSN, RN-BC, the Social Media Coordinator for JONA is posting a topic each week from the journal on Twitter. The Twitter address for JONA is #JONANurseLeader.  

Thanks for the emails I receive exploring my interest in a topic for possible submission. You can reach me at Please refer to the Guidelines for Authors located at for guidance about manuscript development and citation information.




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Magnet® Culture and Leadership: Research and Empirical Outcomes Developed in partnership with the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program®
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