Josie King Care Journals in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit


I am pleased to share an article that was published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality (JNCQ),July/September 2013 – Volume 28 – Issue 3. The JNCQ is a “peer-reviewed journal that provides practicing nurses as well as nurses who have leadership roles in nursing care quality programs with useful information… the journal offers a forum for the scholarly discussion of “real world” implementation of quality activities.”

The article, Implementation of the Josie King Care Journal in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit A Quality Improvement Project by Kathleen Turner, DNP, RN; Karen Frush, MD; R´emi Hueckel, DNP, CPNP-AC; Michael V. Relf, PhD, RN,ACNS-BC, AACRN, FAAN; Deirdre Thornlow, PhD, RN,CPHQ; Mary T. Champagne, PhD, RN, FAAN was written after the Josie King Foundation 30-day Care Journals were implemented at a pediatric intensive care unit and feedback was collected.

It is nice to know that the Care Journal project which grew from my days with Josie at Hopkins is making a difference. The Care Journal allows patients and their loved ones to record important details of the hospitalization-the 30-day Care Journal and our new 7-day Care Journal mini are shipped to hospitals all around the country and given to patients and families by the hospital upon admission. Most hospitals choose to add a personalized label that reads: This Care Journal is a gift from us to you. We encourage you to keep track of information and to ask questions and most of all we invite you to partner with us in your care.

We are working hard at the Josie King Foundation to continue creating innovative projects and programs that are patient centered and that will lead to better communication. Our latest projects are geared towards educating and inspiring the next generation, our future caregivers to listen to the patient, listen to the family members and to each other. 


Thank you to the team of medical specialists at Duke who wrote the JNCQ article and for making this tool available to your patients and their families.

Good things are happening at the Josie King Foundation but we have a long way to go. Your support allows us to continue our work. For more information on the Care Journal project please click here: http://www.josieking.org/carejournals