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10 tips to boost employee engagement

Employee engagement begins with an organization’s leaders… Management expert Ken Blanchard once said, “What motivates people is what motivates people” meaning that each person is motivated in his or her own way and by his or her own unique aspirations and preferences.

5 steps to interim manager success

Turn a challenge into an opportunity. Takeaways: The interim nurse manager role can be extremely complex and challenging but is…

A conversation with Patricia Flatley Brennan

Patricia Flatley Brennan, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer…
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A veteran and an entrepreneur

Brian Mohika took setbacks in stride and found success.  United States Air Force veteran Brian Mohika, BSN, RN, has advocated…

Accommodating and building bridges

Rose Constantino is inducted into the ANA Hall of Fame. In her 57-year career, Rose Constantino, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN,…
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Advice for millennial nurses

How do you become a great leader in a multigenerational workplace? Takeaways: Millennials who strive to be leaders must embrace…
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Advocating for nurses on boards

As part of its ongoing initiative sponsored by the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation to recognize nurses in board leadership roles, the American Nurses Foundation interviewed Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN. Edmonson is the chief nursing officer (CNO) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, a three-time designated Magnet® hospital.

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Avoiding career derailers

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN Accepting the gift of feedback can lead to transformative change. Key Takeaways…
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Benefits of feedback for nurse leaders

Viewing feedback as a gift enhances career growth. Takeaways: Without feedback, beginning nurse leaders’ careers can be derailed Constructive feedback…
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Boosting your influence

Jessie was excited to be appointed as chair of the professional practice council in her hospital. She envisioned being able…

Building trust in your leadership

Steve recently accepted an emergency department (ED) director position in a busy safety-net hospital. He knew the role would be challenging; the…
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Building your resiliency

With perspective and a few tools, turn failure to your benefit. Takeaways:  Failure to achieve a goal can lead to…
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Called to serve

RN elected to Florida legislature shares her insights. WHEN she saw an open seat in the Florida House of Representatives,…
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Change for the better

ANA liaison to the ACIP has a lifelong commitment to public health.  Chad Rittle, DNP, MPH, RN, FAAOHN, associate professor…
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Change maker

Dori Healey is passionate about patient safety, public service, and volunteering. President-elect for American Nurses Association (ANA)-Idaho, Dori Healey, MSN-RN,…

Choosing your political battles

Mary*, a new manager in the operating room, prides herself on being a strong advocate for her staff, quickly acting…

Dealing with difficult people

Jackie Jacobs is a charge nurse in a busy intensive care unit. She prides herself on being able to get…
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Discovering your true north

Rediscover your authentic self and regain your moral compass. By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Tanya M. Cohn,…
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Do the right thing

“Doing the right thing is not easy, but it needs to be done,” observed Captain Jacqlyn Sanchez, RNCOB, as she recalled a difficult time in her career with the U.S. Air Force. “My decisions were not popular at that time,” she said, “and I felt defeated and powerless.” Fortunately, a close friend and fellow nurse, Major (Ret.) Dana Albalate, gave Sanchez the motivation she needed to make those hard decisions and move forward. “She told me, ‘Just be yourself,’” Sanchez explained. “‘Your work will speak for itself.’”

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Don’t say “no” to yourself

Anne Manton is inducted into the ANA Hall of Fame.  Anne Manton, PhD, RN, FAEN, FAAN, has made contributions to…
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Effective advocacy

Katie Boston-Leary wants nurses to shape the future. Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, is director of nursing programs…
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Emerging trends in nursing

RNs embrace roles beyond the bedside. Seun Ross, DNP, MSN, CRNP-F, NP-C, NEA-BC, is the director of Nursing Practice and Work…
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Environmental health influencers

Katie Huffling knows nurses can create a healthier world.  Katie Huffling While attending midwifery school, Katie Huffling, DNP, RN, CNM,…
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Face your fears and forge ahead

Cathleen Wheatley steps up to a challenge. Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, is president of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center…

Financial terms 101

Key takeaways Only after we enter the practice setting do we begin to understand the ever-evolving impact of healthcare finance.…
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Finding the voice within

For millennial nurses, involvement in community leadership through professional associations such as the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) can…

Food is medicine

Nurses address social determinants of health on Chicago’s West Side. (more…)
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Forensic files

Bringing nursing expertise to the fight against violence. NANCY CABELUS, DNP, APRN, AFN-BC, a Connecticut Nurses Association member, has been a…

Gaining confidence in public speaking

EVA, a professional practice coordinator, and her team of clinical educators are thrilled to learn that their abstract on an iLead in…
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Grab a seat at the table

ANA’s 2016 Distinguished Membership Award recipient wants to see nurses on the campaign trail. A passion for working with children and…

Healthy Nurse, Healthy New Jersey

Leadership principles help guide campaign for RNs’ health. EDITOR’S NOTE: New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) received the ANA Enterprise’s…
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Healthy schedules, healthy nurses

Fatigue is common among shift-work nurses, and longer shifts and overtime are associated with increased patient errors and undesirable nurse health outcomes. Consistent with the American Nurses Association’s 2017 focus on the healthy nurse, one of the best ways for a workplace to promote nurse health is with its scheduling practices.

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How big data can improve health care

Heather seems agitated as she describes the upcoming conference session to colleagues. “It’s about big data. You know—so much data…

How to avoid biased thinking

Jessica, a Millennial (Generation Y) nurse working on a medical-surgical unit, recently completed her first year of practice. Ralph, her…
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How to be a good preceptee

Take advantage of orientation to hone skills and build confidence.  Takeaways: Orientation aids nurses’ personal and professional growth, helps to…
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Human touch

Linda Hofler knows how to bring data to life.   After nearly 40 years in nursing, Linda Hofler, PhD, RN, NEA-BC,…
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Identifying and stopping childhood bullying

As the 2014-2015 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (now the National Academy of Medicine), Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN, focused on childhood bullying prevention and policy. (The scholarship is supported by the American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association [ANA], and American Nurses Foundation.) Cohen, who is an ANA-NY member, is a clinical professor at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

Improving your coaching skills

Susan is a seasoned nurse on a telemetry unit. One day, she arrives 20 minutes late, without explanation, to a…
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Innovation needs nurses

Make the business case for high-tech patient care. Dan Weberg, PhD, RN, is senior director of innovation and leadership for…
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Inspired healthcare

A nurse-led care transformation model. Takeaways: The nursing profession must take a lead role in the transformation of care delivery.…
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Inspired healthcare

A nurse-led care transformation model. Takeaways: The nursing profession must take a lead role in the transformation of care delivery.…
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Interoperability explained

Advocate for data sharing that optimizes patient care and outcomes.  Takeaways: Interoperability occurs when two or more systems exchange health…
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Interprofessional education

Nurse leader aims to improve patient care.  SHANNON COLE, DNP, APRN-BC, from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, is an avid…
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Investments for success

Nurse leader embraces financial planning and pays it forward. After needing to raise money for her first nursing school admission…

Karen Bankston: A leader who listens

ANA’S Mary Mahoney Award honors significant contributions to advancing equal opportunities in nursing for members of minority groups. Karen Bankston, PhD, MSN,…
Preventing preceptor burnout

Leadership and women’s health

As women, we’re often the main caregivers in the family—caring for children, parents, siblings, extended family, and friends. Being a…

Leading at the bedside and beyond

A typical definition for a leader is one who has the ability to influence. Florence Nightingale, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin…
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Leading the nursing profession

A roadmap for every nurse leader’s career journey Ongoing challenges related to the pandemic have stretched nurse leaders and their…

Leading through failure

I have served as a nurse corps officer in the United States Air Force for 27 years. One of my…
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Leading with self-empathy

Self-empathy can help leaders find meaning and purpose during difficult times.   Nurse leaders are responsible for bringing out the best…

Look inward and lead

At first, Faith’s excited to be selected as director of critical care, but after spending time with her fellow directors…
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Managing new nurse fear and anxiety

Simple strategies can help with transition to practice. Takeaways: Many nurses who graduated in 2020 and 2021 (in the midst…
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Meet the new ANA Enterprise CEO

Loressa Cole: Lifelong commitment to making a difference Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, celebrated National Nurses Week as…

Mitigating the threat of lost knowledge

A looming shortage of expert nurses requires strategies to accelerate knowledge transfer. Takeaways: Healthcare organizations are facing the challenge of…
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Nephrology nurse leaders

Rising to the pandemic’s challenges  As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, healthcare workers worldwide have grappled with the ravaging effects…
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Nurse leaders and advocacy

Safeguarding nurses’ scope of practice and the profession.   Nursing leadership means different things to different nurses. As executive director of…
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Nursing luminaries honored

ANA President Ernest J. Grant receives the Civitas Award.  The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) honored five distinguished nursing leaders…
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Plant a tree

“Years ago, someone planted a tree that provides shade for us today,” said Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP,…

Promoting staff engagement

Jaime is a nurse manager in a busy emergency department. He’s been in the role for 1 year and was beginning…
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Protect and defend

Edie Brous wants nurses to protect their livelihoods.   Edie Brous While working on her master’s degree, Edie Brous, JD, MSN,…

Seizing opportunities for positive change

A summer job changed Christopher Otto’s career path—and ultimately his life—igniting a passion for providing care to critically ill cardiac patients…
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Squashing the communication triangle

In the infamous and deadly Bermuda Triangle, things seem to disappear, never to be seen again. In the communication triangle,…
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Staying in the fight

Paula M. Neira wants health equity for all.  Paula M. Neira Combat veteran Paula M. Neira, JD, MSN, RN, CEN,…
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Strategies for nurse leaders

Turn your vision into a road map for others. AUDREY M. STEVENSON, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC, has spent much of…
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Support nurses with job embeddedness

Use this model to promote nurse retention. Takeaways: The recent pandemic, and potential consequential post-traumatic stress disorder, might affect nurse…

Take the chance

Jeannine Rivet’s legacy developed one leap of faith at a time. This content is for Digital Access and Print Plus…
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The imperative of humble leadership

By Donna Grande, MGA Empower your team through shared responsibility. In this world of social media, where people focus on…

The importance of executive presence

Paula is excited when her health system announces the position of chief nursing informatics officer. With her strong informatics background…
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The importance of explaining why

Nadia Rodriquez is a leader on a hospital steering committee that has been working on introducing new practice standards for…
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The leader coach

Leading and engaging Millennials requires a new skillset. Takeaways: Millennials expect more coaching and regular feedback than past generations in…
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The nurse’s growing role in media

Use your clinical expertise to communicate with your community. By Alice Benjamin, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC It’s no secret that nurses…

The patient engagement imperative

Engaging patients is essential to ensure optimal reimbursement. Here are tips for engagement that leaders can apply in their organizations

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The perfect recipe for leadership

A nurse and diabetes educator reflects on being sensitive to patients’ needs. By Apryl Motley, CAE Start with specialized skills,…

The perils of perfectionism in nursing

Don’t let perfectionism derail your leadership career. Takeaways: Perfectionism is a weakness masquerading as a strength. A perfectionist approach can…

The power of Lean Six Sigma

Lean and Six Sigma are well-established quality improvement tools. Combining the two creates a synergistic effect, boosting effectiveness. In the…
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The power of perspective

Christine Pacini wants nurses’ expertise to drive change. Takeaways: When frontline nurses feel empowered to lead, patient outcomes improve, work…

Too young to be a nurse leader?

Marla Johnson began her career on an oncology unit after graduating from a BSN program 4 years ago. She achieved…
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Transcending your comfort zone

Embrace the challenge of leaving your comfort zone and reap the rewards. By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN…
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Transitioning from peer to leader

Manage former peers with diplomacy. Kayla was excited about her recent promotion to nurse manager on a pediatric unit. She…

Uplifting nurses

Associations respond to member needs in a pandemic. In 2020, what kept me up at night was nurses’ well-being and…

Using leadership power wisely

Learn how to use power in the service of others. Takeaways:  Leaders are entrusted with power and are expected to…
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Voice and vaccinations

Boldness is a cultural journey. Connie Barden The COVID-19 pandemic places nurses firmly in the public square with compelling professional…

What you can learn from failure

Editor’s note: At American Nurse Today, we believe every nurse can be a leader. Rose Sherman, founder of the Emerging RN Leader blog (www.emergingrnleader.com), contributes articles on a regular basis to help nurses achieve their leadership potential. Rachel is an experienced critical care nurse who prides herself on her

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When staff disengage

Re-engagement is a two-way street.   Takeaways: Research indicates that pandemic experiences have led nurses to disengage at a rate twice…

Why quitting is hard

Kate Sheldon is the director of acute care services in a medical center that’s part of a larger system. She…
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Why your nursing networks matter

Networks help you advance your career, provide high-quality care, and support your colleagues. Takeaways: Professional networks are crucially connected to…
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Your journey to authentic leadership

Our trajectory as nurse leaders frequently begins when someone notices our clinical acumen and informal leadership skills. We’re handed a set of keys to an office and asked to take on a management role. Not surprisingly, we may question if we really know how to do every part of our expanding role, from budgets to quality metrics to program implementation and management focused on outcomes.

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