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: 1.273
From the Editor


Dear Fellow Nurse Leaders,

The December edition of JONA presents articles that continue to be on the forefront of practice. We have studies focused on nursing-led telehealth, transitions of care, the management of patients with dementia, how nurse executives handle organizational mergers and a new measurement instrument to evaluate authentic human caring.

Dr. Jean Watson and Dr. Barbara Brewer present their work with the development of the "Watson Caritas Patient Score" instrument. This tool provides nurse leaders the opportunity to measure the patient's perception of authentic professional human caring at the department and hospital level. The instrument captures the patient's experience of caring and emerged from the Caritas Processes.

In "A Model for Hospital Discharge Preparation: From Case Management to Care Transition" Dr. Marianne Weiss and her team present a conceptual model for hospital discharge preparation. the model incorporates self-family management, discharge readiness and post-acute care transfer considerations.

Dr. Stephanie Allen presents a study discussing the decision factors used by a sample of nurses in making nurse-patient assignments. Increasing our understanding of this complex process will enable nurse leaders to better support and direct consistency and evidence-based care.

You can reach me at jonaeditor@gmail.com for email inquiries about topics and potential articles.  Also, please refer to our Guidelines for Authors at www.jonajournal.com.

Happy holidays to each of you and I pray for peace in 2016. JONA has many supporters all over the world and we, as nurses, have more in common than we even recognize at times. Thank you for your continued support of JONA and nursing scholarship. 









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Coming in our January Edition



  • Nurses' Research Capacity, Use of Evidence, and Research Productivity in Acute Care: Year 1 Findings From a Partnership Study
  • Creating a Culture of Safety Around Bar-Code Medication Administration: An Evidence-Based Evaluation Framework
  • Exploring Distress Caused by Blame for a Negative Patient Outcome
  • The Relationship Between Nurse Staffing and 30-Day Readmission for Adults with Heart Failure
  • Employee Engagement and a Culture of Safety in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Transforming Practice Through Publication: A Community Hospital Approach to the Creation of a Research-Intensive Environment
  • Using a Lean Six-Sigma Approach to Yield Sustained Pressure Ulcer Prevention for Complex Critical Care Patients
  • Building a Culture of Inclusion: Disability as Opportunity for Organizational Growth and Improving Patient Care 
  • The Clinical Learning Environment: Improving the Education Experience and Patient Outcomes Within Magnet Organizations
  • The Influence of Emerging Nurse Administrative and Leadership Researchers: An Interview with Dr. Nora Warshawsky
  • The Strategic Plan for Cross-Continuum Nursing








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News and Notes

The 2016 AONE meeting will be held March 30- April 2, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. Watch for more info at www.aone.org

I will be presenting a session on supporting publications at the 2016 Pathways to Excellence conference in Philadephia, PA in April. Look for more details and I hope to meet many of you there.