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The 6 new articles in the May 31, 2013 OJIN topic, Delivering Nursing Care: Current Factors to Consider discuss a variety of factors that may impact nursing care.

In “The Impact of Emerging Technology on Nursing Care: Warp Speed Ahead,” author Carol Huston, MSN, DPA, FAAN, identifies emerging technologies likely to change the practice of nursing; the skill sets nurses will need to develop, acquire, use, and integrate these emerging technologies; and the challenges nurse leaders face in their integration.

The article, “Nursing Intellectual Capital Theory: Implications for Research and Practice,” by Christine L. Covell PhD, RN and Souraya Sidani, PhD, reviews the nursing intellectual capital theory, a theory that conceptualizes the stocks of nursing knowledge available within an organization and delineates its relationship to patient and organizational outcomes. The authors explain why this theory shows promise for guiding research on quality work environments and how it may assist with administrative decision-making related to nursing human resource management and continuing professional development.

Nursing Control over Practice and Teamwork” by Jessica Castner, PhD, RN, CEN; Diane J. Ceravolo, MS, RN; Kelly Foltz-Ramos, MS, RN; and Yow-Wu Bill Wu, PhD, describes a study to measure the relationship of control over practice to five dimensions of teamwork: team structure, leadership, situation monitoring, mutual support, and communication. The article describes their study findings, suggesting that nursing control over practice demonstrates a positive relationship with teamwork and should be considered in future education, policy, and research efforts.

Kathleen R. Stevens, RN, EdD, ANEF, FAAN is the author of “The Impact of Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and the Next Big Ideas .” In line with multiple direction-setting recommendations from national experts, nurses have responded to launch initiatives that maximize the valuable contributions that nurses have made, can make, will make, with efforts to fully deliver on the promise of evidence-based practice (EBP). This article considers the impact of EBP as it has echoed across nursing practice, education, and science.

Advancing measurement and improvement around falls prevention in the hospital is important as falls are a nurse sensitive measure and nurses play a key role in this component of patient care. “Hospital-Based Fall Program Measurement and Improvement in High Reliability Organizations,” by Patricia A. Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP and Susan V. White, PhD, RN, CPHQ, FNAHQ, NEA-BC describes the impact of a framework for applying the concepts of high reliability organizations to falls prevention programs at the patient, unit, and organizational level.

Despite recommendations for the use of simulation and growing integration of simulation into education we still lack empirical evidence of its impact on patient outcomes. In “Simulation in Nursing Practice: The Impact on Patient Care,“ Michelle Aebersold PhD, RN and Dana Tschannen PhD, RN, provide an overview of simulation techniques and uses, review current uses of simulation for practicing nurses, and make recommendations about how to get started using simulation in your institution.

The journal editors invite you to share your response to this OJIN topic by sending a Letter to the Editor or by submitting a manuscript that will further the discussion of this topic about the emerging presence of social media in healthcare which has been initiated by these introductory articles.

ANA members have the first opportunity to access the most recent OJIN topic. When each new topic is posted, the previous topic becomes available to all viewers. This topic will be available after September 30, 2013. Go to Current Topic.

The January 31, 2013 OJIN topic, "Patient and Visitor Violence: What Do We Know? What Can We Do? " is now accessible to all readers.