Monday January 21st 2019

New articles: Open-access journals, end-of-life spiritual care, and future nurse leaders

Three articles and two Cochrane Review Brief columns are publishing this fall in OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

Nurse scholars and clinicians seek to publish research and scholarly findings to strengthen both nursing science and clinical practice. Subscription costs have tended to restrict access to many journals to a small, specialized academic community, a limitation that has contributed to the development of open access publications. OA journals have a powerful appeal, as they allow scholars and consumers greater access on a global level.

However, many OA journals depend on an author-pays model that may lead to unintended and undesirable consequences for authors. In an article that will post this fall, Selecting an Open Access Journal for Publication: Be Cautious, author Lilian Hoffecker, PhD, MLS, and colleagues discuss the background of open access journals and describe key considerations to distinguish between reputable publications and those that may lead authors astray. This article will add to the OJIN topic Electronic Publishing: How, What and Why?

Another upcoming article will add to the OJIN topic Nursing Around the World: What Are the Commonalities and Differences? Author Nasser Abu-El-Noor, PhD, RN, examines how Palestinian nurses working in intensive care units understand spirituality and the provision of spiritual care at the end of life. In the article, ICU Nurses’ Perceptions and Practice of Spiritual Care at the End of Life: Implications for Policy Change, Abu-El-Noor describes the qualitative method used to study Gaza Strip ICU nurses’ understanding of spiritual care. The author discusses the study findings and the difficulty nurses had in differentiating spiritual and religious needs.

With the growing complexity of health care practice environments and pending nurse leader retirements, the development of future nurse leaders is increasingly important. An article by Susan M. Dyess, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, and colleagues, Growing Nurse Leaders: Their Perspectives on Nursing Leadership and Today’s Practice Environment, reports on focus group research conducted with Generation Y nurses before they initiated coursework in a master’s degree program designed to support development of future nurse leaders.

The authors discuss the three major categories identified — idealistic expectations of leaders, leading in a challenging practice environment and a cautious but optimistic outlook about their own leadership and future. The findings provide important insight into the viewpoints of nurses today about leaders and leadership. This article will add to the OJIN topic of Healthy Work Environments.

Upcoming Cochrane Review Briefs will address such topics as using the Mini-Cog diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease dementia and other dementias in a community setting and workplace interventions to reduce sitting at work.

Read these articles at www.nursingworld.org/OJIN.

— Jackie Owens is the editor of OJIN.

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