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December 2021 - Volume 51 - Issue 12

  • Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, LFACHE, FAAN
  • 0002-0443
  • 1539-0721
  • 11 issues / year
  • 1.737
    5-year Impact Factor: 2.067
Developed in partnership with the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program®.
Published November 2021
Dear Nurse Colleagues, 

In the December 2021 issue of JONA, I had hoped we could recount the year of COVID-19 and move forward. Unfortunately, the pandemic is not following any path to an end. As I did expect, nurses have continued to explore how we can handle the unforseen consequences of the pandemic for both our patients and ourselves.  In "The Impact of COVID-19 Nurses Occupational Stress and Strategies to Manage It", Abuatiq and Borchardt report a descriptive, cross-sectional study that explored the occupational stress perception of nurses and how they managed it during the COVID-19 pandemic. As predicted, the top occupational stressors as reported by the nurses, were wearing a face mask at all times in the hospital, unpredictable staffing and scheduling, not enough staff to adequately cover the unit, feeling helpless in the case where a patient fails to improve, and being assigned to a COVID-19 patient. Nurse leaders will find these findings applicable in dealing with post-pandemic staff concerns and preparations for future emergencies. 

In "Impact of Evidence-Based Charge Nurse Education on Charge Nurse Skills and Nurse-Specific Metrics", Dr. Jean Dols and co-authors report the outcomes of an academic/practice collaborative. In this initiative, University faculty partnered with nurse leaders to develop an evidence-based Charge Nurse education program including a series of classes, coaching in skills and role responsibilities by nurse leaders, and evaluation of skills competencies before and after the education program. The authors included an outline of the curriculum in the article as well. Findings included that the Charge Nurse program was associated with significant positive changes in Charge Nurse performance, nurse specific metrics, hospital-acquired events, and patient satisfaction.​ ​

In November, ANCC partnered with JONA to produce a special JONA supplement entitled "Magnet Environments Supporting Nursing Resiliency and Well-Being".  Leaders from the Magnet Recognition Program and Pathway to Excellence selected articles from JONA, Nursing Administration Quarterly and Nursing Management that reported emerging information focused on resilience and well-being at the clinical level as well as for leaders and executives. The supplement along with others from JONA in past years, is available on our web site. 

Please email me if you have a question or potential topic of interest to our readers at [email protected]. Our Guidelines for Authors​ are available on our website. 

Melora Ferren, MSN, RN-BC, the Social Media Coordinator for JONA, continues to post on Twitter highlighting a topic from the journal. Follow us at #JONAonline​.  ​

Have a happy holiday season and a blessed New Year. Thanks so much for your continued support of JONA. 



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