Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,
In our December issue of JONA the articles are covering a variety of topics ranging from the identification of barriers to achieve outstanding nurse sensitive outcomes to the effect of organizational characteristics and critical care nursing on pediatric cardiac surgery mortality rates. These projects and subsequent manuscripts present new evidence-based findings and insights about issues that we, as nurse leaders, have dealt with for many years. In today's stressful and fast-paced healthcare environmnet, new tactics may help us address these concerns with a data-driven approach and continue our focus on patient outcomes and excellence.
In the December issue, I always take time to thank our cohort of peer reviewers. These nursing and research experts are tireless volunteers for JONA and provide invaluable input to me and the writing teams as we review submissions for critique. The peer reviewers each receive between 9-12 submissions a year and spend hours reading many pages of text and files. They not only make recommendations about publication or revision but many take time to provide thoughtful suggestions to the authors to improve the manuscripts through the process. Along with our Editorial Board, the peer reviewers provide a wide range of expertise and perspective that one editor would be unable to do. I truly appreciate each of them.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself reflective on my blessings. Being a nurse, a nurse leader and an Editor are among those. Having a supportive family and work colleagues are also blessings. Being able to interact with each of you and help many of you publish your work is a truly fulfilling opportunity. Thanks for your support of JONA. I am always glad to respond to emails of inquiry or ideas about future manuscripts to the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope each of you have a safe and happy holiday season and carve out some time to count your blessings too!
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN