Nurse Leaders: The Next Generation

The nurse manager workforce is aging so rapidly that we face a succession planning crisis in the near future. Despite this, many hospitals place little emphasis on formal leadership development. The next generation of leaders will come from self-motivated nurses learning  from coaches and mentors how to become better managers.

3 comments on "Nurse Leaders: The Next Generation"
Daria Byrne, MSN, RN (10/26/2010 at 2:29 PM)

Evaluating and educating nursing leaders needs to continue past the bedside and into the academic arena as well. In today's curriculum, specifically ADN programs, there is very little leadership theory taught. Because of this, it needs to be the responsibility of the organization to identify nurses who exemplify the desire and the will to advance their career in a leadership capacity, all the while keeping in mind that those who may desire to be a leader, may not be the best person to drive the organization into the future.
Betty Noyes (10/25/2010 at 1:22 PM)

This is certainly a fact. But the same need for succession planning at the manager levels holds true for EVERY department. Nursing is not unique in this issue of concern!
Donald Wood (10/22/2010 at 6:38 PM)

Any organization worthy of the name needs to be continually grooming people to move up in the ranks of responsibility. Nursing has long looked at people to see how well they are doing in their current job (bedside nurse for example) and then promote them to a job with the need for a different skill set. Result - a person who struggles with the new position and becomes overwhelmed and request to go back to their previous assignment. Being a nurse for 37 years, I have seen this countless times. We need to start teaching practical leadership to all nurses. They can hone their skills by leading patients and families to better health. It becomes a win-win situation for everyone.


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