Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
The September issue of JONA has some creative projects profiled that are applicable to many care settings. The topics presented such as palliative care, population health and the application of LEAN principles in healthcare are emerging evidence-based initiatives that can be replicated or add to the body of new knowledge.
Authors from Cincinnati Children's Hospital profile a project that is timely in the face of the 2015 National Magnet Conference. Nursing leaders at the hospital developed a structure to increase the value and outcomes of content presented to meeting attendees in supporting practice improvements at home. Components of the program include pre-conference planning meetings, assignment and identification of break-out sessions to ensure application to practice opportunities, formal networking during the conference and presentation of information at Magnet nurse champion meetings upon returning home. There will be thousands of nurses and teams attending the Magnet conference in Atlanta in October and this article would be timely reading prior to that trip.
Another children's hospital, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at New York Presbyterian Hospital reports a nurse-driven pediatric palliative care program. Like other programs focused on adult populations, the data from this article provides more support for a multi-disciplinary team focusing on comprehensive care across the continuum.
Nurse authors from a state-wide collaborative in Kentucky report findings from their study assessing the education status and aims of nurses in achieving advanced educational levels. Findings indicate that a gap exists between national goals and current reality. Nurse executives will need to initiate interventions to accelerate progress if we are to achieve the 80% levels we have been challenged with.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org for email inquiries about topics and potential articles. 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