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NU 605 Concepts of Nursing Leadership

Top Nursing Journals

Here is a small selection of highly regarded nursing journals that focus on nurse leaders.  All are peer-reviewed and full-text coverage is available through the present.

Nursing Management (Springhouse)

Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc/OVID

With a circulation of 80,000, Nursing Management is the leading monthly source for practical, educational, cutting-edge information for nurse leaders. Each issue presents peer-reviewed articles that range from legal and ethical aspects of nursing leadership to personnel management, recruitment and retention, budget issues, product selection, and quality control. In addition, Nursing Management provides regular features, columns, continuing education, staff development education, and more.

Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA)

JONA is the authoritative source of information on developments and advances in patient care leadership. Content is geared to nurse executives, directors of nursing, and nurse managers in hospital, community health, and ambulatory care environments. Practical, solution-oriented articles provide the tools to excel in our changing health care system: leadership development; human, material, and financial resource management; staffing and scheduling systems. All articles are peer-reviewed, selected and developed with the guidance of a distinguished group of editorial advisors.

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins/OVID

Nurse Leader

Nurse Leader is the official journal of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Our mission is to provide the vision, skills, and tools needed by nurses currently in or aspiring to leadership positions. The publication meets the needs of all nurses on the leadership learning curve, from administrators making the transition from management to leadership to established leaders seeking to take their skills and experience to a higher level. We seek manuscripts that feature best practices, policy changes impacting leaders and leadership innovations in an easy to read format with a focus on outcomes. We generally don't publish reviews of the literature, analysis of concepts, theoretical overviews and integrative research reviews.

Journal of Professional Nursing

The Journal will accept articles that focus on baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education, educational research, policy related to education, and education and practice partnerships. Reports of original work, research, reviews, insightful descriptions, and policy papers focusing on baccalaureate and graduate nursing education will be published.

Reports the latest association activities and developments in nursing higher education. Coverage includes interviews with top policymakers, updates on federal legislation and regulatory policy, and discussion forums on a range of nursing issues.

Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN)

The Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN) contributes to the advancement of evidence-based nursing, midwifery and healthcare by disseminating high quality research and scholarship of contemporary relevance and with potential to advance knowledge for practice, education, management or policy.

All JAN papers are required to have a sound scientific, evidential, theoretical or philosophical base and to be critical, questioning and scholarly in approach. As an international journal, JAN promotes diversity of research and scholarship in terms of culture, paradigm and healthcare context. For JAN’s worldwide readership, authors are expected to make clear the wider international relevance of their work and to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural considerations and differences.

The majority of papers in JAN are written by nurses and midwives but there are no constraints on authorship as long as papers fit with the expressed Aims and Scope.

JAN‘s intended readership includes practising nurses and midwives in all spheres and at all levels who are committed to advancing practice and professional development on the basis of new knowledge and evidence; managers and senior members of the nursing and midwifery professions; nurse educators and nursing students; and researchers in other disciplines with interest in common issues and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Papers published in JAN are increasingly cited in reviews of evidence and used by other healthcare professionals, policy-makers, commissioners and users of services to inform their decision-making and practice.

Sage Journals Online

Nursing Journals 

Biological Research For Nursing
Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
Clinical Nursing Research
Journal of Family Nursing
Journal of Holistic Nursing
Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
Journal of Research in Nursing
Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 
Journal of Transcultural Nursing
NASN School Nurse
Nursing Ethics
Nursing Science Quarterly
Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice
SAGE Open Nursing

Western Journal of Nursing Research


We recommend looking for articles in these additional SAGE journals to meet the criteria for assignments in the Nursing Leadership course.

Administration & Society
Administrative Science Quarterly
American Review of Public Administration
Business Perspectives and Research
Contemporary Management Research
Global Business Review
Group & Organization Management
Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
Health Services Insights
Health Services Management Research
Human Relations
Human Resource Development Review
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Journal of General Management
Journal of Health Service Research & Policy
Journal of Healthcare Management
Journal of Human Values
Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies
Journal of Management
Journal of Management Inquiry
Journal of Research on Leadership Education
Management and Labour Studies
Management Communication Quarterly
Management Education
Management Learning
Management Research & Practice
Review of Public Personnel Administration
Organization Studies
Psychological Reports

Public Personnel Management

Strategic Organization

How to search SAGE Journals Online

When you search the SAGE journals you are searching the publisher's website.  Another option is to use the EBSCO tool PowerSearch which is on the library's web page.  PowerSearch searches many databases, including SAGE Online Journals.  


Wiley Online Library

Nursing Journals in Wiley:

International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare

International Nursing Review

Journal of Leadership Studies

Journal of Nursing Management

Journal of Nursing Scholarship

Leader to Leader

Nursing Open

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing


Other journals in Wiley, related to Management and Leadership:

Journal of Management Studies

Performance Improvement

Performance Improvement Quarterly

Conflict Resolution Quarterly

Negotiation and Conflict Management Research