Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
The March edition of JONA has a compilation of studies on topics I think are relevant to nurse executives regardless of your practice setting. The data and findings are touching on some controversial subject areas.
As we increase the level of BSN prepared nurses in our organizations, we are still finding gaps of knowledge regarding the application of research and the adoption of evidence-based practice. Joanne R. Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN and her writing colleagues explore a sample of 75 acute care nurses regarding the research-practice gap. Findings include stronger relationships in these concepts among certified nurses and those with more education. This has implications for nurse executives with tenured staff members as we work to narrow this competency gap among the nursing workforce.
Current workforce shortages are leading many organizations to employ travelers or agency nurses as supplemental staffing. Karen Lasater, MS, RN, Douglas Sloane, PhD and Linda Aiken, PhD, RN present a study evaluating the impact of agency registered nurses on patient satisfaction scores. The results identify little impact on the global satisfaction of patients as well as other identified indicators. This study was conducted linking data from an American Hospital Association survey with publically reported patient experience scores in over 400 organizations.
Many of us have been dealing with the flu season, both from an employer perspective as well as increased Emergency Department volumes and acuities. Dr. Pamela Paparone, APN presents a study exploring the relationship between leadership styles and influenza vaccination rates among nurses. Because planning for flu season begins early in the year and many of you are contemplating making vaccinations mandatory, I thought this article was particularly timely.
I appreciate the positive feedback about the quality of the articles in JONA. My goal is to provide data based information to support administrative practice in a variety of settings and in hopes of continuing to be the "go to" source of data-based information for nurse administrators and leaders. I am happy to answer questions about prospective topics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN