Nursing leadership Education

Today’s nurse leaders are expected to have the skills and knowledge to influence a tenuous and ever-changing practice environment, and to engage in process development and implementation that supports patient care and organizational goals. The complexity of today’s professional practice environments demands more effective nursing leadership skills, behaviors, and beliefs (Lemire, 2001). Nurse managers may be in an ideal position within an organizational hierarchy to create working relationships that influence staff job satisfaction and retention.

Many nursing leaders find it difficult or do not have the skills necessary to provide clarity and direction within the work environment, coordinate effective staff development programs, promote effective communication and continuity of care, develop and implement nurse-focused strategic initiates, or influence interdisciplinary collaboration including nurse-physician relationships.

More effective and meaningful leadership education is needed if the nursing profession is going to overcome problems associated with the national nursing shortage, and if the nursing practice is to advance. Formal and job-related educational programs may need to be revised to better prepare nurses for leadership positions in today’s tumultuous healthcare environments. Organizational hierarchy models may need to be redesigned to allow for more dynamic and communicative relationships throughout the organization. We can no longer rely on a single group of individuals referred to as the administrative team to solve our problems in nursing. Nurses must be involved in decision-making from the bottom to the top of healthcare organizations if we are to even begin to correct problems in nursing.

NAA promotes Nursing Leadership Education for a healthy tomorrow.

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