Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
Articles in the February edition of JONA focus on multiple aspects of patient safety among others. Topics ranging from the monitoring of patients while undergoing opiod therapy to reducing 30-day readmissions among pneumonia patients are presented.
One of the projects in February is "Creating a Culture of Safety Through Integration of an Early Warning System" by Diane Hanley and her writing team. The authors used a quality improvement process based on Tanner's Model to identify strategies to enhance and support the critical judgment of bedside nurses in identifying signs of patient detoriation. Through the implementation of this project, the team was able to decrease variability in the initiation of rapid response calls.
In support of an environment focused on patient safety, Laura Allen and her team present "Exploring Nurses' Perception of Dynamic Patient Events". This study described nurses' perceptions of patient events such as code blue calls, rapid response events and patients requiring unplanned 1-1 sitters. The article calls for nursing leaders to understand these dynamic events and anticipate how to support their staff members from a workload perspective thus benefiting patient care.
As I said in January, we have several articles coming in the next few months on aspects of patient safety related to medication administration. In February, Carla Jungquist, PhD, NP and her team of researchers profile a study from 8 hospitals examining the adherence to national protocols in the monitoring of patients receiving opiod therapy and recommendations for structures, processes and monitoring of policies and procedures.
You can reach me at email@example.com for email inquiries about topics and potential articles. Also, please refer to our Guidelines for Authors at www.jonajournal.com.
I hope to meet many of you during 2016. I will be attending the AONE National meeting in Ft. Worth, the Pathways to Excellence meeting in Philadelphia and of course, the 2016 National Magnet conference in the Fall. I hope to hear from potential authors presenting their work at these conferences. Thank you for your continued support of JONA and nursing scholarship.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN