Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
The December edition of JONA presents articles that continue to be on the forefront of practice. We have studies focused on nursing-led telehealth, transitions of care, the management of patients with dementia, how nurse executives handle organizational mergers and a new measurement instrument to evaluate authentic human caring.
Dr. Jean Watson and Dr. Barbara Brewer present their work with the development of the "Watson Caritas Patient Score" instrument. This tool provides nurse leaders the opportunity to measure the patient's perception of authentic professional human caring at the department and hospital level. The instrument captures the patient's experience of caring and emerged from the Caritas Processes.
In "A Model for Hospital Discharge Preparation: From Case Management to Care Transition" Dr. Marianne Weiss and her team present a conceptual model for hospital discharge preparation. the model incorporates self-family management, discharge readiness and post-acute care transfer considerations.
Dr. Stephanie Allen presents a study discussing the decision factors used by a sample of nurses in making nurse-patient assignments. Increasing our understanding of this complex process will enable nurse leaders to better support and direct consistency and evidence-based care.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org for email inquiries about topics and potential articles. Also, please refer to our Guidelines for Authors at www.jonajournal.com.
Happy holidays to each of you and I pray for peace in 2016. JONA has many supporters all over the world and we, as nurses, have more in common than we even recognize at times. Thank you for your continued support of JONA and nursing scholarship.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN