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 March edition of JONA has a compilation of studies on topics I think are relevant to nurse executives regardless of your practice setting. The data and findings are touching on some controversial subject areas.  

As we increase the level of BSN prepared nurses in our organizations, we are still finding gaps of knowledge regarding the application of research and the adoption of evidence-based practice. Joanne R. Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN and her writing colleagues explore a sample of 75 acute care nurses regarding the research-practice gap. Findings include stronger relationships in these concepts among certified nurses and those with more education. This has implications for nurse executives with tenured staff members as we work to narrow this competency gap among the nursing workforce.  

Current workforce shortages are leading many organizations to employ travelers or agency nurses as supplemental staffing. Karen Lasater, MS, RN, Douglas Sloane, PhD and Linda Aiken, PhD, RN present a study evaluating the impact of agency registered nurses on patient satisfaction scores. The results identify little impact on the global satisfaction of patients as well as other identified indicators. This study was conducted linking data from an American Hospital Association survey with publically reported patient experience scores in over 400 organizations.

Many of us have been dealing with the flu season, both from an employer perspective as well as increased Emergency Department volumes and acuities. Dr. Pamela Paparone, APN presents a study exploring the relationship between leadership styles and influenza vaccination rates among nurses. Because planning for flu season begins early in the year and many of you are contemplating making vaccinations mandatory, I thought this article was particularly timely.

I appreciate the positive feedback about the quality of the articles in JONA. My goal is to provide data based information to support administrative practice in a variety of settings and in hopes of continuing to be the "go to" source of data-based information for nurse administrators and leaders. I am happy to answer questions about prospective topics to jonaeditor@gmail.com.








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Coming in our March Edition


  • Meaningfully Incorporating Staff Input to Enhance Frontline Engagement
  • The Perceived Value of Certification by Magnet and non-Magnet Nurses
  • Accuracy of Harm Scores Entered into an Event Reporting System
  • The Relationship Between Work Complexity and Nurses' Participation in Decision Making in Hospitals
  • Increasing Nurse Certification Rates Using a Multimodal Approach
  • The Perception of Clinical Nurse Specialists Regarding Work Patterns, Outcomes, Desires, and Emerging Trends
  • Educational Gaps and Solutions for Early-Career Nurse Managers' Education and Participation in Quality Improvement
  • Applying Lean Six Sigma for Innovative Change to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Complexity, Flow, and Antifragile Healthcare Systems: Implications for Nurse Executives
  • Going Beyond Benchmarks: Zero Harm for Every Patient, Every Time
  • The Influence of Emerging Administrative Scientists: An Interview with Anne Miller





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News and Notes

I hope to see many of you at the 2015 AONE meeting to be held in Phoenix, Arizona April 15-18, 2015. The registration and meeting information can be accessed at their web site at www.aone.org.

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.