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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.

Author: Deborah L. Krueger, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNRN, CHTP

Informal leaders are crucial to the success of a change involving the nursing team, yet they are often overlooked. A literature search of nursing publications over the past 5 years found only a small sampling of journal articles that used the key words “informal leaders.” Leadership was often discussed in . . .

July 2013 Vol. 8 No. 7

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

Jackie Jacobs is a charge nurse in a busy intensive care unit. She prides herself on being able to get along well with almost everyone on her team. But when she sees Amanda’s name on the evening’s work schedule, she braces herself for the inevitable confrontation that will . . .

May 2013 Vol. 8 No. 5

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

Colleen Jackson recently was promoted to a clinical manager position on her unit. At first, she was thrilled with the opportunity to advance her leadership skills, but now she’s having second thoughts. She doesn’t feel confident in her new role and worries how her team views her. She . . .

April 2013 Vol. 8 No. 4

Author: Nicole Frost MSN, RN; Lyndsay Nickolai MSN, RN;

You likely vividly remember the day you learned you were officially a licensed professional registered nurse. You were excited to be able to apply all the knowledge and skills learned in nursing school into a “real world” clinical setting.

You may have faced feelings of uncertainty when you took your . . .

March 2013 Vol. 8 No. 3

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

Jeff Rawson, a new nurse graduate, works on a behavioral health unit. His manager believes his transition is going well—until Jeff asks to transfer to another unit. When she talks with him about it, he says he doesn’t feel a sense of belonging on the unit and has . . .

February 2013 Vol. 8 No. 2

Author: Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, CNS, RN

Reflective leadership is a way of approaching the work of being a leader by leading one’s life with presence and personal mastery. Learning to be present, to be aware and attentive to our experience with people throughout the day is the focus of reflective leadership. It approaches the study . . .

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 . . .

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