Dear Nurse Leaders,
The February 2019 edition of JONA has several articles focused on aspects of practice or leadership supporting those at the nursing management level. Nurse executives and administrators will find these studies and implications interesting as we deal with role challenges, leadership development and experiential learning. Also, as many of us struggle with more aggressive behavior management challenges in the acute care setting among patients and families, a pilot study evaluating nurse confidence after a training program is presented.
Dr. Yumiko Kuraoka presented a study exploring learning and nursing management competency over a 3 year period following a formal experential learning program. The program consisted of information about the concept of experential learning, a reflective journal for participants, reflective sessions and facilitated feedback with a supervisor, and email support. Findings include that the reflective observation provided by a supervisor was one significantly effective strategy in enhancing management competency.
Dr. Nora Frasier presents a study examining the impact of a pilot leadership development program on nurse managers and their use of authentic leadership behaviors. Managers in the study reported signficant increases in self-awareness and direct reports perceived positive changes in the managers use of authentic leadership behaviors leading to more positive work environments.
In the article "Impact of Behavior Management Training on Nurses' Confidence in Managing Patient Aggression", Dr. Margarita de la Fuente and co-authors report a quality improvement project where an assessment was administered one month before a behavior management training course and one month after. attending the program. The course was a 4-hour in person course and included content on how to protect yourself and prevent injury as well as how to diffuse a volatile situation. The program was conducted across a 5 hospital system.
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.
Thanks for the emails I receive exploring interest in a topic for possible submission. You can reach me at email@example.com. Please refer to the Guidelines for Authors located at www.jonajournal.com for guidance about manuscript development and citation information.
Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN