Editor-in-Chief: Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
ISSN: 0002-0443
Online ISSN: 1539-0721
Frequency: 11 issues / year
Impact Factor: 1.140
From the Editor


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 jonaeditor@gmail.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!








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Coming in our January Edition



  • Do Leadership Style, Unit Climate, and Safety Climate Contribute to Safe Medication Practices?
  • Wired to the Workplace: The Relationship Between Electronic Connectedness to Work and Nurse Manager Satisfaction
  • Nurse Managers Speak Out About Disruptive Nurse-to-Nurse Relationships
  • Accountable Care Organization Implementation Experiences and Rural Participation: Consideration for Nurses
  • Reducing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 30-Day Readmissions: A Nurse-Led Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Project
  • The Effect of Reported Sleep, Perceived Fatigue, and Sleepiness on Cognitive Performance in a Sample of Emergency Nurses
  • Clinician Perceptions of Teamwork in the Emergency Department: Does Nurse and Medical Provider Workspace Placement Make a Difference?
  • Improving the Use of Evidence-Based Practice and Research Utiliization Through the Identification of Barriers to Implementation in a Critical Access Hospital
  • Genomic Competencies for Nursing Practice: Implications for Nursing Leadership
  • Guest Editorial- Professional Governance: Another New Concept?
  • Tapping Magnet's Culture of Innovation to Improve the Patient Experience
  • The Role of the Nurse Executive in Rural Hospital Closure










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Improving Patient and Family Engagement: Implications for Practice

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October 2015

Nursing Workforce: Implications for Nurse Executives

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October 2014

Magnet®:In Support of Patient Safety

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October 2013
Demonstrating the Value of Magnet®

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October 2012
Leadership and Organizational Outcomes: State of the Science

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Positive Practice Environments and Outcomes: State of the Science

October 2010
Nursing Certification: State of Science


News and Notes

Registration is now open for the 2017 AONE meeting in Baltimore, MD.  

The meeting is March 29th - April 1st. I will be presenting with colleaguues in a "Meet the Editors" session and hope to see many of you there.

 Registration and information can be accessed at www.aone.org