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

Sixteen years ago I wrote a book titled, "Leading With Love: How Women and Men Can Transform Their Organizations Through Maternalistic Management." In it, I stressed the need for leaders to demonstrate a balanced concern for their companies, customers, communities, employees, and themselves. I also compared great (and not-so-great) leadership with great (and not-so-great) parenting. The articles in our current edition of NAQ remind me of that book. Authors with experience in the world of mergers, acquisitions, and novel partnerships share their wisdom on how best to care for all stakeholders who are experiencing both the stress and excitement brought about by the formation of new entities. I hope you will take time to read what they have to say, because the phenomenon of healthcare systems coming together to form different companies will continue—and those that thrive will be led by executives who pay close attention, care about, and take action to support individuals, groups, and cultures affected by these business changes. As nurse leaders, we are both business executives and professional caregivers. That makes us pivotal to the success of everyone involved in the linking of previously disparate organizations. This is both an opportunity and challenge, but I'm firmly convinced that, with balance and the skills common to both great leaders and great parents, we will succeed.

Thanks for Choosing to Lead,

Kathy ​​


Current Issue Highlights




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

While the final MACRA rule is not yet confirmed, this article, Unpacking MACRA: The Proposed Rule and Its Implications for Payment and Practice​, simplifies and explains the bipartisan proposed legislation and discusses payment implications for health systems and advanced practice providers.  

Happy 40th Anniversary NAQ!

NAQ is unique in that it has consistently served as a source for the community of health care leaders for inspiration, wisdom and insight. I can always count on the journal to guide my thinking about leadership, stimulate creative responses to change and serve as a source for practical and useful innovations in patient care. For 35 of its 40 years, NAQ has been my “go to” access to leadership colleagues opening my window to an intentional and preferred future for nursing and patient care.​ -- Tim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS

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