Dear Nurse Leaders,
The July/August JONA is our annual combined edition. After reviewing the articles in this publication, I feel the authors are on the cutting edge of issues we as nurse executives are dealing with. Topics including observation unit design, the integration of clinical nurse leaders into practice and enhancing frontline engagement are among the topics that cross care settings and are presented in this edition.
In the article on collaboration between emergency departments and medical observation units, Danielle Gabele and her co-authors not only describe their journey of developing admission criteria and census management tools, they provide their rounding checklist used by the Observation Unit charge nurse and the Emergency Department charge nurse in assessing possible admissions. Practical tools such as this are great supplements to the studies that JONA publishes.
Authors from Part 2 of the series on caregiver fatigue report outcomes of their fatigue reduction intervention program. Dr. Cheryl Smith-Miller and other authors report how they used staff nurse councils to guide the development of their program and support the implementation.
An article that I think will support national conversations on what duties can we elimate from busy nurses to help them accomplish the tasks and care only a nurse can do is one by Dr. Anne Kearney and colleagues. In "Survey of Managers Regarding Nurses' Performance of Non-nursing Duties" tasks were identified that could be performed by others including housekeeping, clerical support staff and transporters to support patient care and alleviate nursing burden.
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.
Thank you for the many emails I receive with an interest in publishing in JONA. You can reach me at email@example.com for email inquiries about topics and potential articles. 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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