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


Big data in Nursing isn’t just about the almost incomprehensible amount of potential information we now have at our finger tips (through everything from the internet to our smart phones). It’s about how we can use that data to recognize patterns, correlate cause and effect, and determine best practices for keeping people well or repairing their health when they are not well.

This edition of NAQ is about this ever increasing amount of knowledge, which has the potential to improve what our profession brings to our communities and individuals. As nursing leaders, we can’t utilize even a small percentage of the growing repository of stored and new data in our day to day work. We do, however, need to understand the promise of improved access to facts and figures that can inform and support our practice.

Guest editors Roy Simpson and Karen Drenkard have selected a number of articles by nurses about the emerging world of data. I encourage you to read and carefully consider what your colleagues have to share. We all must become more comfortable and competent in a world where access to information is transforming everything we do.

Thanks for Choosing to Lead,



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 A major contributing factor for limited innovation is that outdated leadership practices, such as leader centricity, linear thinking, and poor readiness for innovation, are being used in health care organizations.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...

Thoughts on Resilience from Resilient Nurse Leaders

"To me, resilience is the capacity to absorb significant stressors and bounce back healthier and stronger: to take failures and turn them into learning experiences; to take personal losses into stride and build character even in the face of suffering.  No career, or life, is a straight line. Being able to ride the waves of life and thrive requires resilience." -Suellyn Ellerbe, MN, RN, NEA-BC, Healthcare Consultant and Educator, President & CEO, Suellyn Ellerbe & Associates, Inc.

"To me, resilience is about connecting with the joy and meaning in the work of professional nursing we are called to lead and to see the situations we face in health care as filled with endless possibilities rather than problems." -Andrea Mazzoccoli, RN, PhD, FAAN, CNO, Bon Secours Health System, Center for Clinical Excellence and Innovation 

"To me resilience is: With grace, flexibility, unwavering perserverance, and a bit of humor, finding solutions to issues we face within our healthcare system and empowering others to do the same." -Mary Kane, MS, RN, Regional Chief Nurse Informatics Officer, Catholic Health Initiatives

NAQ Upcoming Topics
  • Volume 39:4
  • Emerging Technology, Innovation and Big Data
  • Volume 40:1
  • Patient Care Models that Work & Add to the Value Equation
  • Volume 40:2
  • Nursing Leadership for the Continuum of Care

  • Volume 40:3
  • Behavioral Health: A Challenge for Nursing Leadership

  • Volume 40:4
  • Health System Growth

  • Volume 41:1

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