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Nurse Leadership Skills Made, Not Granted

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, April 2, 2013

Surely, those leadership roles in redesigning healthcare will involve the additional skills that Watland mentions above.

The Tennessee Nursing Institute for Leadership and Policy isn't the only new program for developing nursing leadership. Just a couple of weeks ago, the University at Buffalo School of Nursing announced it will offer a master's degree in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems beginning this summer.

The new program will educate baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses for middle- and upper-level management positions in an effort to help nurse managers "with the preparation needed to keep pace with the challenges facing health care leaders today," reports the Laramie Boomerang. Once again, statements from nurse leaders mirror one another.

"Our community partners identified the need for a program designed specifically to educate baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses to assume leadership and executive roles. Today's healthcare settings require nurse managers to take on expanding roles in management to promote innovative change and quality outcomes," said UB School of Nursing Dean, Marsha Lewis, PhD.

These new programs and others like them are a step in the right direction for developing the kind of nurse leaders who will effectively lead providers, hospitals, and others into the future of healthcare.

Another important step is for nurses to challenge themselves to step into more authoritative roles. Instead of worrying that they don't have the skills to advance, more nurses need to step out of their comfort zones and push themselves to develop the skills that will put them on the path to leadership.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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Betty Noyes (4/2/2013 at 11:36 AM)
It is very exciting that we are having these conversations! Leadership is a practiced art and requires a skill set that is needed at the bedside to the board room. I remain concerned that the specific tactical requirements of the middle manager nurse need to be addressed in a fundamental way to build skill, competence and confidence. These tactical programs need to be provided to an interdisciplinary class - student body. Increased understanding of collaboration, mutual respect and mutual mission of a safe and quality care within an accountable health care organization, needs to be experienced and emphasized in the learning environment!