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

This edition is mostly dedicated to philanthropy, and to the part that nurse leaders can play in partnership with philanthropists. Throughout my career (and before, according to the early nursing literature I collect) our profession has been “hidden in plain sight”  as an almost invisible  group, with poor recognition of what individuals and teams of nurses have accomplished  for society as well as specific families and patients. Now is not the time to continue to take a backseat in the formation of care in the next era.  Nurses have an opportunity, and I believe, a duty, to be among the leaders who transform the system.  We have important expertise to carry into the future, including our emphasis on people as whole human beings, our education as systems thinkers, and our emphasis on keeping people healthy.  We have ideas and strategies for a better future, and many of those will not come to fruition without funding. That’s where philanthropy comes in.  We hope you will get involved. 

Thank you for choosing to lead,



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:

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 A major contributing factor for limited innovation is that outdated leadership practices, such as leader centricity, linear thinking, and poor readiness for innovation, are being used in health care organizations.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

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