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About the Journal

THE DIRECTOR: JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF NURSING ADMINISTRATION IN LONG TERM CARE is the official, peer-reviewed nursing journal of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONA/LTC). NADONA represents over 5,000 nursing leaders and professionals spanning across the entire post-acute care continuum of care. Authors are invited to submit their articles for consideration by the Journal Editorial Review Board. This journal is indexed by the United States Library of Congress and is peer-reviewed. All submissions are subjected to a rigorous, double-blind, peer-review process. Issues are published quarterly.

THE DIRECTOR: JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF NURSING ADMINISTRATION IN LONG TERM CARE welcomes scholarly original articles on clinical practice, education, and scholarly and secondary research related to the role of the nursing leader and/or professional. Articles must not be previously published or under consideration by another journal at the time of submission. THE DIRECTOR: JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF NURSING ADMINISTRATION IN LONG TERM CARE is a multidisciplinary, international journal and invites submissions from authors in all relevant disciplines and settings. Current topics of interest to the journal include: evidence-based practice, new initiatives, outcomes research, nursing engagement, infection prevention and control, international and multidisciplinary issues, regulatory issues affecting nursing leaders in post-acute care settings, patient safety topics, resident engagement and satisfaction, implementation of new technologies, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Triple Aim, and issues confronted in clinical practice.

Main article categories:

The following is a description of the main article categories. They include but are not limited to:

Original Articles
Articles in this category usually present results of original research undertaken by the author. Authors must include a structured abstract not to exceed 250 words. Structured abstracts should include Background, Methods, Results (including some data), and Conclusions. The maximum length is 6,000 words, including references, tables, photographs, and figures. The Abstract and Title page are not included in this word count. Articles that report original research should include the following headings as appropriate: Background (literature), Methods (design, data collection and analysis), Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Limitations, and Recommendations for Practice. Qualitative studies are also encouraged and should adhere to the above research guidelines as appropriate. Research articles that involved human participants require Internal Review Board (IRB) approval to be considered for publication. This should be noted in the “methods” section.

Review Articles
Review articles collate and summarize the available information about a particular topic. Qualitative and quantitative literature reviews on any area of research relevant to the practice involving the nursing role and its contributions to the field are welcomed. Authors are advised to specify the methodology clearly (eg, overall approach, literature search strategies, data analysis). Authors should include a structured abstract not to exceed 250 words. The main text should be structured as follows: Introduction, Aims, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and Relevance to Clinical Practice.

Clinical Manuscripts
Clinical articles present new skills or knowledge related to the impact of the nursing leader/professional and patient care, provide an empirically or clinically based review or analyze current literature related to a topic. Clinical manuscripts may review new procedures or new products.

Clinical articles can also include quality improvement (QI) projects that describe a project that was carried out at the author’s place of employment. The results of QI projects are not considered research manuscripts. However, QI projects should include evidence of Institutional Review Board (IRB) review if human participants were involved, and should adhere to accepted scientific standards for data collection, including evidence of measurement reliability and validity.

Case Studies
Case studies are detailed descriptions of the management of a unique clinical case problem. The description of the case includes but is not limited to the relevant patient characteristics, examination/ evaluation, diagnosis, and a description of the interventions that were provided.

Author Guidelines and Article Submission
Article submission is done via Scholastica.  Authoring Guidelines and the article peer-review process are detailed under Article Submission, as a part of the Scholastica process.

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Additional Information and Journal Contacts:
For Article Information:
For more information about The Director: Journal of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration, please contact Sherrie Dornberger, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief, via email: sherrie@nadona.org.

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Editorial Office:
Associate Editor
Email: mailto:sherrie@nadona.org

Journal Publisher Information:
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Publisher: National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration/LTC

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