Dear Nurse Leaders,
The June issue of JONA is a great example of the diversity of research, projects and articles provided in JONA each month. In this issue we have topics ranging from decreasing PICC utilization to a study about the effects of age and experience on transformational leadership practices. I believe all nurses have some aspects of leadership in their practice and the articles in JONA each month appeal to so many because of this.
Anne C. Boatright, MSN, RN, SANE, the recipient of the 2016 National Magnet Nurse of the Year for Transformational Leadership, is the author of the Magnet Perspectives column. Through Anne's leadership, Methodist Hospital in Omaha now provides 24/7 coverage of SANE nurses at 2 locations and not only cares for victims of sexual assualt but for victims of other forms of abuse. Her journey is compelling and inspirational.
Susan Herman, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP and her co-authors present "Effects of RN Age and Experience on Transformational Leadership Practices". The study in this article reports that transformational leadership practices advance for the most part through years of experience however, they peak in the decade of 60-69. Transformational leadership competency scores were signficantly higher in nurse leaders with more than 30 years experience.
Sarah Lackey, DNP, APRN, CCNS presents a department column, "DNP Preparation in Supporting Critical Skills for Magnet Program Directors". In this article, Dr. Lackey establishes a case for the skills of a DNP prepared Magnet Project Director being beneficial for the support of clinical scholarship and the adoption of evidence-based practice, two essential characteristics of Magnet environments.
Melora Ferren, MSN, RN-BC, the Social Media Coordinator for JONA is posting a topic each week from the journal on Twitter. The Twitter address for JONA is #JONANurseLeader.
Thanks for the emails I receive exploring my interest in a topic for possible submission. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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