Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
Articles in the March 2014 issue of JONA focus on practice environments. Starting with Part 1 of a 2-part series by Wolf, Finlayson, Hayden, Hoolahan and Mazzoccoli, a guide for assessing the culture of your units is introduced. Four types of units are discussed with information for nurse leaders and nurse executives about how to assess and address moving your units to high performing. This article is applicable for those on the Magnet journey, nurse leaders in the process of changing practice and those interested in addressing culture.
Improving the patient experience is the focus of another selection in March. The authors provide a thorough review of the influences on patient experience and also discuss the relationship of patient experience to value-based purchasing. This is a must read for all nurse leaders as we seek to understand the complexities and opportunities in new systems of outcome based reimbursement.
Culture continues to be a focus in several articles covering topics such as the training of leaders, how we can become aware of and address workplace violence for those workers caring for the elderly, and the impact on patient outcomes from the implementation of a model of multidisciplinary rounds.
Thanks to the authors and reviewers who support JONA for your patience during these past few months as I assisted as an Interim Editor for Nurse Educator. Our esteemed Editor Emerita, Dr. Suzanne Smith was the Editor-in-Chief of this journal at the time of her death and I was able to step in and provide continuity for the subscribers as a new Editor was identified. I am happy to announce that Marilyn Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Director of Evaluation and Educational Research at Duke University School of Nursing is the new Editor. Dr. Oermann comes to Nurse Educator with many years of experience as an author, educator and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Dr. Oermann's extensive educational background will provide new direction for Nurse Educator and I am so proud to congratulate her on this appointment.
I am always happy to respond to emails of inquiry or ideas regarding future manuscripts at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a project to be developed into a manuscript or a study to profile, I will discuss on email, the possible application to JONA or suggestions of other journals to pursue for your target audience. Thank you for your support of JONA, for the large number of positive emails and notes I receive about our content and for your hard work in being on the cutting-edge in nursing administrative research.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN