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Leading the Way

Nursing leaders provide guidance, motivation, and support. Within this ANA exclusive content, you’ll hear from leaders throughout the profession talking about leadership skills, their own mentors, and the work they’re most proud of.

February 2013 Vol. 8 No. 2

Author: Lynne Hancock RN, MSN. NE-BC, and Diane Hanley MS, RN-BC, EJD

Nurse leaders are needed at all levels of the organization, especially in “the middle,” which is commonly used to describe mid-level management positions. Middle managers are essential to the organization because they link senior management and staff. Another important role that those in the middle perform is to interpret . . .

January 2013 Vol. 8 No. 1

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Marla Johnson began her career on an oncology unit after graduating from a BSN program 4 years ago. She achieved certification and regularly takes charge on the night shift. She recently started a master’s program in nursing administration. Marla is age 27 on a unit where the average age . . .

December 2012 Vol. 7 No. 12

Author: Nancy Mercier, MSN, RN

In today’s dynamic nursing environment, we are seeing four generations, creating a remarkable “cross-pollination” of RNs from across the Traditionalist (Veteran), Baby Boomer, Generation X (“Gen X”), and Generation Y (“Millennial”) generations. Each generation brings unique experiences, skills, and worldviews to core workplace issues such as work ethic . . .

November 2012 Vol.7 No. 11

Author: Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nurses have a singular perspective on patient care and community health. With our training and experience, we can inform and improve healthcare decisions in ways that complement those of other professionals but are uniquely our own.

As a nurse, there are many ways you can be a leader—in your . . .

October 2012 Vol. 7 No. 10

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Nick Chase is an emergency department (ED) charge nurse. He and Michelle Stanley have worked together for the past 3 years. Their relationship has always been what Nick describes as “very rocky.” Nick was given the charge nurse role 1 year ago with only 2 years of nursing experience. Although . . .

September 2012 Vol. 7 No. 9

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Why would anyone want you to lead them? That’s a question nurses rarely ask themselves before they take on leadership positions. But it’s an important one, because if you’re honest in reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses, you can probably find many reasons why nurses wouldn’t . . .

August 2012 Vol. 7 No. 8

Author: Naté Guyton, MSN, RN, CPHIMS, NEA-BC

There is an extraordinary quality of spirit that prompts one to aspire to lead. These nine principles will help you tap into that spirit and improve your effectiveness as a leader.
#1: Commit to excellence
As a leader you must be committed to your passion and purpose, and have the . . .

June 2012 Vol. 7 No. 6

Author: Jody A. Holland, MN, RN

Five years ago, while working in leadership I had a pivotal conversation with my superior regarding the need to “stop thinking like a bedside nurse”. My instincts told me this was wrong as I had always believed that leaders were supposed to know what was happening at the bedside in . . .

May 2012 Vol. 7 No. 5

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Editor’s note: At American Nurse Today, we believe every nurse can be a leader. This article is the first in a series by Rose Sherman, founder of the Emerging RN Leader blog (www.emergingrnleader.com). Rose will contribute articles on a regular basis to help nurses achieve their leadership . . .

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