Dear Nurse Leaders,
The October edition of JONA presents a compliation of articles on topics that apply to various care settings. Issues like second victim suport for nurses who have been through an adverse event, the retention of Generation Y nurses, and measurement of a healthy work environment for unlicensed assistive personnel.
In "Measuring Unlicensed Assistive Personnel Perceptions of a Healthy Work Environmnet in Acute Care Settings", Dr. Penny Huddleston assesses the reliability and validity of a tool for this valuable population of worker. In the background for the project, Dr. Huddleston discusses previous work on healthy work environments including the cost to replace this position ($4,000) and annual turnover statistics of between 70% and 100%.
Dr. Sonia Anselmo-Witzel and co-authors present a study describing the perceptions of Generation Y nurses and their desired characteristics in a nurse manager. It was notable in the study that among the characteristics identified, encouraging education and supporting advacement of the nurse were two importaint actions for nurse managers.
In "Second Victim Support: Nurses' Perspectives of Organizational Support After an Adverse Event", Dr. Misty Stone presents a study exploring this phenomae among a subset of hospital-based nurses. Nurses in the study reported a desire to acknowledge barriers to support and a need to be invovled in closure and follow-up of the review of an event.
October is the month where I get to meet so many of you at the National Magnet Conference. Although this year is virtual and we will miss the personal side of networking, I applaud ANCC and the Magnet Commission and all presenters for helping develop a mechanism to educate us and keep us together. We have a lot ot learn from the lessons of the pandemic as well as those issues as I have mentioned above, which will continue to need attention from nurse leaders for improvement.
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Melora Ferren, MSN, RN-BC, the Social Media Coordinator for JONA, continues to post weekly on Twitter highlighting a topic from the journal. The Twitter address for JONA is #JONANurseLeader.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN