Editor-in-Chief: Kathleen D. Sanford, RN, DBA, MBA, MA, FACHE, CENP
ISSN: 0363-9568
Online ISSN: 1550-5103
Frequency: 4 issues / year
From the Editor

​Nurse leaders have long been concerned with this country's struggle to ensure widespread access to programs that strengthen psychological well-being and treat illness of the mind. We understand that personal health includes this aspect of being human. That's why NAQ's editorial board determined that our 40:3 edition should be:  Behavioral Health: A Challenge for Nursing Leadership.

Guest editors Donna Gage and Teena McGuiness have put together a collection of excellent articles that address current issues in this area of health. While most are about the needs of patients, a few speak to the mental health of nurses. There is an old saying that "you can't give from an empty basket", which aptly describes the importance of paying attention to the emotional fitness of our own teams.

As leaders, we have an obligation to care for our caregivers. This includes actively working to ensure they enjoy a healthy work environment. Please read our bonus, on-line article by Gilbert, Hudson and Strider.  Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Nurse Manager Recognition of and Response to Nurse-to-Nurse Bullying, is a subject important to all of us.

Thank you for Choosing to Lead,

Kathy  ​ 

Current Issue Highlights




Enjoy complimentary access to this month's CGEAN Recommended Reading article:

Seven Behaviors to Advance Teamwork: Findings From a Study of Innovation Leadership in a Simulation Center  

Traditional notions of individual-based leadership behaviors are no longer adequate to achieve innovation in health care organizations. A major contributing factor for limited innovation is that outdated leadership practices, such as leader centricity, linear thinking, and poor readiness for innovation, are being used in health care organizations. Read More...

Happy 40th Anniversary NAQ!

 "As an early careerist and young professional I read NAQ all the time. I knew I wanted to be a nurse leader and the journal helped me learn to pursue my goals in my leadership positions.  The articles have always been and continue to be a guide to good practice or thoughtful futuristic practices." - Rhonda Anderson, RN, DNSc, FAAN, FACHE  

"I was honored to be asked to join the NAQ Editorial Board and then to share the role of Issue Editor with Elaine Cohen. The honor of being on the Board includes the opportunity to work with and be coached by amazing Nurse Executives. In that NAQ issue, "Bringing Economics and Quality Together: Imperatives for Nurse Executives: Part 2, What Makes a Difference at the Bedside?", we encouraged the reader to not only learn from their reading, but also to adopt some of the practices and expand upon them…the value of NAQ - the learning and the challenge! Thanks for allowing me be a part of that." - Patricia Crome, RN, MN, NE-BC, FACMPE​

NAQ Upcoming Topics

Managing Crises and Disasters

          Volume 41:2

Leadership Transitions: Preserving the Wisdom

          Volume 41:3

New Clinical Leadership Models

          Volume 41:4

Leading the Innovative Enterprise​

          Volume 42:1