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 Some might say that forty year old text books are a little out of date, but I find that words from the past are surprisingly predictive or applicable today.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
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.