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

I am a book hoarder.  That’s why I still have “Goodnight Moon”, “The Velveteen Rabbit”, and a hundred other children’s books on my shelves, even though the kids I read them to are now adults. That’s also why my college (undergraduate and graduate) books still live with me. Some might say that forty year old text books are a little out of date, but I find that words from the past are surprisingly predictive or applicable today.  For example, my 1973 edition of The Organizational World by Leavitt, Dill and Eyring (published by Harcourt Brace) says, “Organizations are moving away from tight hierarchal authority towards systems of relationships among colleagues who derive power from knowledge and skill.”  That sounds like a precursor to the multidisciplinary teams evolving in healthcare systems!

It’s an exciting time for nursing leaders as we adopt improved models of collaboration. We are inviting new colleagues to tables previously occupied only by nurses. We are joining tables where no nurse has been seated before. We are strengthening our systems through collaboration. Our patients, our work partners, our communities, and our organizations will all benefit from the resulting transformation.  

The current edition of NAQ is a collection of articles about emerging groups working together in new ways. Whether or not you collect books (old or new), you’ll want to read these papers on the latest in Team Science.  

Thanks for Choosing to Lead.    

Kathleen Sanford, DBA, RN, CENP, FACHE


In Memoriam

Our profession has recently lost two great leaders. We remember them and their contributions to the world with gratitude and love.

Dr. Rheba de Tornyay, Dean Emeritus of the University of Washington School of Nursing, died September 27, 2013.  Under her leadership, the univeristy established a doctoral degree in nursing science (1978).  She was a "living legend" and Founding Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Suzanne Smith, Editor Emerita of JONA and Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator, died September 19, 2013.  Dr. Smith was Editor-in-Chief of JONA for over 30 years. Besides her active participation in multiple nursing organizations, she served as a mentor to many nurse journalists and editors.

Reba and Suzanne: You are missed.

Current Issue Highlights




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

Getting Past Widgets and Digits: The Fundamental Transformation of the Foundations of Nursing Practice

Health reform and transformation now call for the creation of a new landscape for nursing practice based on intentional translation application of value-driven measures of service, quality, and price. Nursing is a central driver in the effective recalibration of health care within the rubric of health transformation under the aegis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read More...

Leading into the Next Era

“As part of our work as a LEAN organization, we’ve concentrated on a newly formatted Emergency Department Point of Service Collections program.  This has not caused a decrease in patient satisfaction or a delay in service.  It has almost quadrupled the revenue collected in the ER.”          

-Kim Moore, RN, FACHE, CEO, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, NE

“We have a system-wide program to help our own employees stay healthy.  This is good for them and saves health care costs.  Our “Healthy Spirit” program will accomplish medical cost savings through CIN capabilities.”
- Nada Vanous, Catholic Health Initiatives

"Our hospital and home health agency are partnering to reduce readmissions through patient specific follow up that include home visits."
- Mary J Brown, RN, CNO, Mercy Des Moines Medical Center

"One of our best national programs is centralized management of real estate. That may be something clinicians don’t think about, but standards for offices, new construction and leasing space saves money.  So does reduction of local resources needed to manage real estate when systems are decentralized."
- Bev Weber, RN, COO, KentuckyOne Health

NAQ Upcoming Topics
  • Volume 38.3
    Team Science: Emerging Roles in Healthcare Culture
  • Volume 38.4
    Philanthropy: CNEs Guide to Non-Traditional Revenue Sources
  • Volume 39.1
    Governance and Nurse Leaders
  • Volume 39.2
  • The Resilient Nurse Leader
  • Volume 39.3
  • The Power of Alignment
  • Volume 39:4
  • Emerging Technology, Innovation and Big Data
  • Volume 40:1
  • Patient Care Models that Work & Add to the Value Equation