Editor-in-Chief: Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
ISSN: 0002-0443
Online ISSN: 1539-0721
Frequency: 11 issues / year
Ranking: Nursing 20/101
Impact Factor: 1.373
From the Editor

Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,

The May edition of JONA is our annual research edition in nursing administration. This year's guest editors are Dr. Jean Watson and Dr. Barbara Brewer. Jean and Barbara begin the issue with new information about the Watson Caritas Patient Score instrument which is being used in multi-site clinical research based on Watson's Theory of Caring. The authors support the call for research in this area by articulating the case for theoretically sound empirical data to evaluate the performance of key caring activities.

Linda Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Nurses Credentialing Center presents an insightful column in Magnet Perspectives. Linda discusses the perception held by many that Magnet will be moving to an all RN or BSN staff requirement. In the column, Linda clarifies that Magnet does not set staffing standards but rather expects transformational nurse leaders to base decisions on clear guidelines and scholarly research. Linda suggests that innovation in care team models is one way nurse leaders can use valuable resources to the best advantage while meeting outcomes of patient care excellence.

Dawndra Jones and her co-authors present a model from UPMC profiling an objective system to measure scope and span of control for nurse managers with the goal of determining the need for support and resources. This is an innovative model that can be used for leaders to objectively assess the need for clerical support as well as assistant directors/managers.

During April, I had the opportunity to see many of you at the 2015 AONE meeting. The spirit and enthusiasm of the nursing leaders, faculty and researchers in attendance was amazing. I appreciate the collaboration that JONA has with leaders in AONE as we work together to move nursing administrative practice forward and support nursing leaders.

I also recently was able to present two programs at the Jordanian Nursing Council's 5th International Nursing Conference in Amman, Jordan. Nurse leaders from around the globe, including Linda Lewis, CEO of ANCC, came together to discuss issues of common interest and the development of scholarly work supporting patient care. The synergy of nurse leaders from the many countries in attendance was overwhelming and exciting as they worked together to create relationships and initiatives to improve leadership and health. I was so pleased that JONA is respected as a source of leadership information and able to support programs like this one through  my attendance.

Thanks for the many inquiries to JONA. You can reach me at jonaeditor@gmail.com. I am happy to respond to inquiries regarding topics or potential manuscripts.









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Coming in our June Edition



  • Health System Chief Nursing Officers: Is an MBA the Degree of Choice?
  • Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Design and Operations
  • Avenues of Action in Ethically Complex Situations: A Critical Incident Study
  • Leadership Style and Patient Safety: Implications for Nurse Managers
  • Creating Disability Inclusive Work Environments for Our Aging Nursing Workforce
  • Evaluating the Short- and Long-term Outcomes of a Post-BSN RN Residency Program: Findings of a Retrospective Study of Nurse Residents, 2005-2012
  • Inpatient Ambulation: Use of an Ambulation Platform Apparatus
  • Nurse Residency Programs and the Transition to Child health Nursing Practice
  • Strategic Agility for Organizational Change
  • Nursing Education: A Solution to Healthcare's Gordian Knot?
  • Designing Tomorrow When the Sun Sets on Today
  • State of the Research on Credentialing: The Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing





Official Leadership Journal of the Magnet Recognition Program®

JONA is a benefit of full individual
membership in CGEAN


October 2013
Demonstrating the Value of Magnet®

Developed in Partnership with the American Nurses Credentialing Center's
Magnet Recognition Program®

October 2012
Leadership and Organizational Outcomes:
State of the Science

Developed in Partnership with the American Nurses Credentialing Center's
Magnet Recognition Program®

July/August 2011
Positive Practice Environments and Outcomes: State of the Science

October 2010
Nursing Certification: State of the Science

News and Notes

One question I frequently am asked is what type of articles or studies JONA is looking for. I hope to receive submissions on innovations that nurse leaders are leading as we navigate healthcare reform. New models of care delivery across settings and roles for nurses are going to be needed as we learn from each other how to manage in new paradigms.

I will be offering a webinar for the Nurse Executive Center in July regarding the development of a scholarly environment by nursing leaders and how to work with an editor to publish your work. Watch for more details.

Watch for details about registration to the 2015 national Magnet conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia.