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 December edition of JONA focuses on aspects of education important for nurse executives. The complex nature of nursing administrative practice provides challenges for each of us to provide leadership in both practice and professional development.

Beth Brooks, PhD, RN, FACHE, and her colleagues present an innovative program in graduate nursing administrative education which was developed in a similar format to an executive MBA program. "Nursing Leadership Education: An Innovative Solution" discusses the rationale for development of the program and the response and interest of the initial 21 students.

Pamela J. Grace, PhD, RN, FAAN and fellow researchers present "Clinical Ethics Residency for Nurses: An Education Model to Decrease Moral Distress and Strengthen Nurse Retention in Acute Care". This article describes an innovative grant-funded model education program targeted to increase ethics competence and thus patient care.

Carol Bradley, MSN, RN describes the work of AONE in providing support for nurse executives working at the system level. The article "Leading Nursing Through Influence and Structure: The System Nurse Executive Role" describes the characteristics of system nurse executive roles and the increasing prevalence as they develop. AONE has collected data regarding the new roles and competencies of these nurse leaders and is providing a community of support for these complex roles.

In the October edition of JONA, researchers from the Nurse Executive Center published their findings on staffing tradeoffs that they have encountered across the country. Nurse executives are reporting challenging balances in providing resources for ratios, certification and education levels. This article will be offered free through the JONA website for the month of December at this link


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. As always, I am happy to answer questions about prospective topics to jonaeditor@gmail.com.








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Coming in our January Edition
  • Managing Patients With Behavioral Health Problems in Acute Care: Balancing Safety and Financial Viability
  • Promoting Evidence-Based Practice Through a Research Training Program for Point-of-Care Clinicians
  • Policy to Practice: Increased Family Presence and the Impact on Patient- and Family-Centered Care Adoption
  • Reducing Readmissions Using Teach-Back: Enhancing Patient and Family Education
  • The Economics of Preventing Hospital Falls: Demonstrating ROI Through a Simple Model
  • Developing, Implementing and Evaluating a Professional Practice Model
  • Starting a National Conversation: The Institute of Medicine Workshop on the Future Directions of Credentialing Research in Nursing
  • Using Magnet as a Framework for Nurse Participation in Facility Design
  • Teaching Future Nurses in the Clinical Setting: The Clinical Nurses' Perspective





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Positive Practice Environments and Outcomes: State of the Science

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News and Notes

During a recent "Meet the Editor" session at the 2014 national Magnet conference, there were a couple of frequent questions I thought I would answer in this column.

1. Do I have to submit my project to an IRB to have it published?

It is strongly recommended that an IRB at least determine that a project is exempt and this should be noted in the manuscript. The review of an IRB is recommended for any data presented outside your institution and definitely includes data that is published.

2. How do I know if my manuscript is a good fit for a journal?

I would start with a review of the journals you like to read. What journals are focused on your areas of interest? Determine the targeted read for the journal you are exploring and identify if your topic is something these readers will find interesting. Review the "Guidelines for Authors" usually found on most journal websites. Email the Editor to gain a perspective on interest in your topic. For JONA, query emails to me at jonaeditor@gmail.com.