Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
The June edition of JONA has lots of articles with application to multiple practice settings. Topics range from leadership development to clinical practice and have findings applicable to staff and patient care across the continuum.
Dr. Heather Laschinger, RN, and her research team from Canada explore the relationship between structural empowerment at the unit level to nurse and patient outcomes. This article fits in well with the previous months (March and April 2014 JONA) where the work of Dr. Gail Wolf profiled mechanisms and interventions for high and low performing units.
I continue to see many submissions with projects supporting a phase of the medication administration process. In June, Dr. Nancy Donaldson, RN, and her team present "Predictors of Unit-Level Medication Administration Accuracy: Microsystem Impacts on Medication Safety". The researchers relate that enforcing adherence to safe medication administration practices, combined with staff characteristics such as expertise, have a positive influence on accuracy.
Registration is now open for the 2014 National Magnet Conference. JONA will again have a presence at the conference through the annual Magnet Supplement and distribution of our October edition to all attendees. I receive many positive messages about the influence these editions have on staff nurses and leaders on the Magnet journey who have a desire to publish their projects. I encourage potential authors to look at previous related submissions for format ideas as they construct manuscripts for submission.
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 and interest in JONA.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN