JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration

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February 2023 - Volume 53 - Issue 2

  • Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, LFACHE, FAAN
  • 0002-0443
  • 1539-0721
  • 11 issues / year
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    5-year Impact Factor: 2.069
Developed in partnership with the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program®.
Published October 2022
​​​​​​​​​​​Dear Nurse Colleagues,

The February edition of JONA presents a diverse set of topics for readers. In "Retaining the Best: Recognizing What Meaningful Recognition is to Nurses as a Strategy for Nurse Leaders", by Dr. Cynthia Sweeney and Dr. Rebecca Wiseman, is a great example of a research study using members of a nursing professional organization as the sample. We have published several studies in JONA in recent years about the varying roles of nursing professional organizations and conducting research within the body of the membership is one good use. 
In this study, a group of nurses from the Maryland Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau were asked about meaningful recognition and components of a healthy work environment. In the background review, researchers substantiated that meaningful recognition can support retention of nurses in jobs and in the profession. The findings included a desire by respondents to be paid fairly for their work, recognition for the profession both within an organization and in the public, and opportunities for professional development. Researchers conclude that there is not one solution for meaningful recognition however through this work, multiple strategies are reported. 

In "Perceptions of Authentic Nurse Leader Attributes Among Clinical Nurses and Nurse Leaders", Dr. Marie Giordano-Mulligan and co-authors present a study aiming to develop and validate a tool to measure authentic nurse leadership 
from the perspective of nurse leaders. 
In this paper, a nonexperimental design and exploratory psychometric analysis developed and validated the Authentic Nurse Leadership Questionnaire for Nurse Leaders (ANLQ-NL) instrument. Relationships were explored between ANLQ-NL andHWE, as measured by the Areas of Worklife Survey (AWS). The Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (MC-SDS) was used to measure the nurse leaders' tendency to produce socially desirable responses. The sample consisted of 188 nurse leaders from several US hospitals. In this study, the ANLQ-NL instrument was found to be valid and highly reliable. 

In "A Roadmap to a Comprehensive Evaluation of a Clinical Ladder Program", Dr. Min Leamon and co-authors ​present a project where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention framework for program evaluation was utilized
to assess a hospital professional nurse clinical ladder. These findings suggest favorable outcomes in commitment
to stay and professional development. This evaluation can serve as a potential resource for organizations to evaluate and enhance programs to support nurse retention. Authors present the step-by-step process for their review, data about nurse perception and utilization of the model and lessons learned. 

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