January 4, 2018

Effectiveness of structured nursing leadership development program for succession planning

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

A structured nursing leadership development program that included a Web-based modular approach combined with engaged nursing executive mentorship significantly increased the competence of developing nurse leaders, in this study.

The program involved nurses in a large academic health system in the southeastern US in the following roles:

  • Clinical nurse 3
  • Clinical nurse 4
  • Clinical team leaders
  • Surgical team leaders.

Participants completed the Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation online program, were paired with assigned mentors, and attended monthly leadership sessions.

The approach in this program may prove to be a valuable resource for developing future nursing leaders in other healthcare organizations, the authors say.


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