Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
The May edition of JONA is our annual research edition in nursing administration. This year's guest editors are Dr. Jean Watson and Dr. Barbara Brewer. Jean and Barbara begin the issue with new information about the Watson Caritas Patient Score instrument which is being used in multi-site clinical research based on Watson's Theory of Caring. The authors support the call for research in this area by articulating the case for theoretically sound empirical data to evaluate the performance of key caring activities.
Linda Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Nurses Credentialing Center presents an insightful column in Magnet Perspectives. Linda discusses the perception held by many that Magnet will be moving to an all RN or BSN staff requirement. In the column, Linda clarifies that Magnet does not set staffing standards but rather expects transformational nurse leaders to base decisions on clear guidelines and scholarly research. Linda suggests that innovation in care team models is one way nurse leaders can use valuable resources to the best advantage while meeting outcomes of patient care excellence.
Dawndra Jones and her co-authors present a model from UPMC profiling an objective system to measure scope and span of control for nurse managers with the goal of determining the need for support and resources. This is an innovative model that can be used for leaders to objectively assess the need for clerical support as well as assistant directors/managers.
During April, I had the opportunity to see many of you at the 2015 AONE meeting. The spirit and enthusiasm of the nursing leaders, faculty and researchers in attendance was amazing. I appreciate the collaboration that JONA has with leaders in AONE as we work together to move nursing administrative practice forward and support nursing leaders.
I also recently was able to present two programs at the Jordanian Nursing Council's 5th International Nursing Conference in Amman, Jordan. Nurse leaders from around the globe, including Linda Lewis, CEO of ANCC, came together to discuss issues of common interest and the development of scholarly work supporting patient care. The synergy of nurse leaders from the many countries in attendance was overwhelming and exciting as they worked together to create relationships and initiatives to improve leadership and health. I was so pleased that JONA is respected as a source of leadership information and able to support programs like this one through my attendance.
Thanks for the many inquiries to JONA. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to respond to inquiries regarding topics or potential manuscripts.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN