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Happy New Year!

In today’s environment of alignments, relationships and affiliations, it’s important for readers to understand the value of a blinded peer review process, one that JONA and other quality publications employ to ensure editorial integrity. Don’t miss my January editorial, available at, in which I explore the relationship between collegiality, partnerships, and content integrity.

On a different note, post-discharge phone calls are a common occurrence in many practice settings. In this edition of Executive Extra (below), you’ll find an interesting article highlighting Baylor Health System’s experience with such. We’ve also included an article highlighting evidence-based practice initiatives, including the relationship of staff councils to outcomes and the use of portfolios for clinical nurse leaders entering the job market.

Don’t forget to visit JONA at to review current and past articles of interest to you.



Karen S. Hill, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, FACHE



Are "Pioneer" ACOs a better option?

Thirty-two leading health care organizations from across the country will participate in a new Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) initiative made possible by the Affordable Care Act. The Pioneer ACO initiative could save up to $1.1 billion over five years.

Nurse execs and HIT...balance, please

New research by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society shows that senior nurse executives will continue involvement with future health information technology (HIT) decisions--especially involving medical device integration--but will need to find a balance with non-technology-driven responsibilities.

TJC releases 2012 National Patient Safety Goals

The Joint Commission (TJC) now offers easy-to-read versions of its safety goals targeted at eight key areas, including ambulatory health care, critical access hospitals, and laboratory services.

Apply now: AHA Leadership Fellows

Applications are being accepted for the American Hospital Association-National Patient Safety Foundation Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship, a year-long program dedicated to preparing the next generation of patient safety, quality, and performance improvement leaders.


Appearing in JONA

Lessons learned: Postdischarge telephone calls

Veronica Y. Cochran, MS, RN; Brenda Blair, BS; Laurie Wissinger, MBA, and Terri D. Nuss, MS, MBA

Appearing in Nursing Management

What are your perceptions of new RN competency levels?

Cynthia M. Thomas, EdD, RNC, CDONA; Marilyn E. Ryan, EdD, RN; Kay E. Hodson-Carlton, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Bonus Content
Be sure to take advantage of these bonus articles from JONA and Nursing Management. By accessing them through your eNews link, you can read the articles free of charge.

EBP councils and nurse empowerment/leadership growth
Abraham Aizer Brody, PhD, RN, GNP-BC; Kathi Barnes, MS, RN, CNS, NEA-BC; Cheryl Ruble, MS, RN, CNS; and Julie Sakowski, PhD

Move your organization from good to great
Joyce E. Johnson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Molly Billingsley, EdD, RN, NEA-BC

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