Why Training Nurse Leaders Matters

The last thing most hospitals want to do in a time of financial uncertainty is spend money on training and development. But advanced training for nurse leaders yields both quantitative and qualitative benefits.

3 comments on "Why Training Nurse Leaders Matters"
Diana Rovira (8/30/2011 at 11:31 AM)

In response to the comment made by C. McCoy: You are never too old to add your education. Based on your comment about your facility eventually requiring RNs to have a BSN you would be very wise to obtain that degree while you are still employed. Based on my experience I can definitely say that if you lose your job at your age it is extremely difficult to find another job and may be impossible. I lost my job in 2005 39 days short of my 18th year with the organization. In 2008 I decided to pursue my MSN at the age of 51 in hopes of returning to active nursing practice. I graduated in June 2010. Since graduation I have put in over 100 job applications with very few interviews. In October I will turn 54 and I am still unable to find a nursing job despite having 20+ years of nursing experience in a variety of clinical areas, keeping my licensure active and maintaining certifications in BLS & ACLS. The excuses given by the nurse recruiters in my area is my lack of recent clinical experience. I have not been actively employed since 2005. I am now investigating the possibility of taking an RN re-entry course. Don't lose your job because you don't have a BSN. You might find yourself in the same situation I am in. With our economy the way it is now the job market is extremely tough. I have had to complete all of my job applications on-line.
R. Henn (8/17/2011 at 1:48 PM)

C.Coy I am in a similar situation. I was downsized post company merger in 2000. I had a BS in production management from a school of engineering at that time. I then earned my ASN. My plan was to combine my business acumen with my new clinical skills and knowledge to move into a leadership role in healthcare.I also earned my MBA. I eventually took a position with a large health insurance Co. in order to gain knowledge of the financial aspect of healthcare. I now have great perspective on healthcare, and I am pursuing a move into the provider side of healthcare. I want to bring my knowledge, skills, and experience to a leadership role from which I can contribute to the further success of an organization. It has been very difficult. My philosophy is that fresh eyes are great for an organization - at least for those that truly want change.
C McCoy (8/17/2011 at 10:31 AM)

I agree nurse leaders need business management education. But hospitals, especially those with Magnet designation, need to re-evaluate their core requirements for who can be titled "manager." I have a BS in management and 30 years of operations management experience, but am not qualified to be a manager in my Magnet hospital because I have an ADN. I was over 50 when I became an RN and will not be pursuing a BSN or higher as there would not be a return on that investment. It is likely my hospital will require all RNs to pursue a BSN. That's when they will lose my talent and experience. What a waste.


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