Dear Nurse Leaders,
The December edition of JONA features outcome data and studies focused on care transitions, patient safety, patient flow and research fellowships. I am proud of the quality and volume of manuscripts submitted to JONA through our web site each month for consideration for publication. I want to take a moment during this month to thank the members of our Editorial Board who serve to help represent JONA across the globe and also provide input into topics and concepts. I would be remiss if I didn't thank the many experts who serve as peer reviewers for JONA as we processed over 375 manuscripts submitted in 2016. The peer reviewers are internationally recognized in their areas of specific expertise as well as nursing.
In "A Nurse Transitional Home Visit Following Pediatric Hospitalizations" the authors from Cincinnati Children's Hospital describe a program integrating feedback from patients and families with the expertise of a multidisciplinary team to smooth the transition home. Although based in a pediatric setting, this project has implications and lessons learned for all nurse leaders who are evaluating these transition programs.
Many of you have heard me present on topics of interest for JONA. One of those is the preparation, competencies and value of nurse navigators as we see more of these new roles develop. In "Evaluation of a Hospital-Based Pneumonia Nurse Navigator Program" the authors present a study to evaluate the effectiveness of this role and the indicators used for evaluation. Reductions were realiized in length of stay, while increases were reported in net revenue for this population.
In "A Multidisciplinary Initiative to Increase Inpatient Discharges Before Noon", the authors present a multidisciplinary study evaluating 2 patient flow management techniques. The study observed outcomes across 19 units and will be of interest to many of our readers who struggle with this issue or patient flow in any area. As a part of the article, supplemental digital content is provided depicting the model for twice daily bed huddles.
Thanks to Melora Ferren, MSN, RN-BC, the Social Media Coordinator for JONA. Melora posts a topic each week from the journal on Twitter. The Twitter address for JONA is #JONANurseLeader. We have already had a significant rise in the Twitter following thanks to Melora's interest in this area.
Many of you know Cindy Bablitz, my Editorial Assistant, through correspondence. Cindy has been with me for the entire 5 years I have served as Editor. She is the consumate support person and is experienced in Editorial Manager, our electronic submission system. She is a willing support person for authors and I do appreciate her as I know many of you do.
Thanks for the emails I receive exploring my interest in a topic for possible submission. You can reach me at email@example.com. Please refer to the Guidelines for Authors located at www.jonajournal.com for guidance about manuscript development and citation information. Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
Please see our new JONA collection on Patient Safety in the Collections tab above. http://journals.lww.com/jonajournal/Pages/collections.aspx?Collection=Topical