Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
I begin the January 2014 edition with a tribute to Dr. Suzanne Smith, RN, FAAN, our Editor Emerita for JONA. Dr. Smith passed away suddenly in September of 2013 and I would be remiss if I did not use an opportunity in JONA, her journal for 30 years, to recognize and celebrate her life.
Several of the January articles are focused on topics related to empirical outcomes, patient safety, the prevention of hospital acquired conditions and the influence of the practice environment on quality. Projects and research initiatives focus on specific aspects of care as well as the characteristics of systems. As a nurse leader, I find these approaches valuable because, like many of you, I am addressing niche issues specific to one unit or population as well as the development of organizational structures and support. I recently had an opportunity to address a group of seasoned, committed nurse leaders struggling with the adoption of evidence in practice. One suggestion that I provided to them was to use the findings and information from the recent literature to guide their paths. I value the time the authors have taken to develop these manuscripts, work with peer reviewers and ensure a high quality final product. The inspiration, innovation and creativity I gain from the articles in JONA and other healthcare leadership journals are one key tool to my leadership.
I am always glad to respond to emails of inquiry or ideas about future manuscripts to the Editor at email@example.com. The JONA iPad app is a great way to access multiple issues of JONA as you travel. I hope you enjoy a peaceful and safe holiday season with friends and family and can take some time to reflect and relax. Thank you for your support of JONA during 2013 and I hope to see and/or hear from many of you in 2014.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN