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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 crucial for department stability, leadership...

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 of digital information services...

A leader’s guide to implementing evidence-based practice

Lead the way to healthcare quality and safety. Takeaways: Healthcare leaders are key to the success of advancing evidence-based practice (EBP) and optimal patient outcomes. ...

A new patient-acuity tool promotes equitable nurse-patient assignments

When a 2 acuity rating isn’t truly a 2
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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 for patient comfort his entire...
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Academy recognizes nurse leaders for contributions

These nurses have positively influenced healthcare. The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) honored four nurse leaders during the 2019 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference for...

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, FACFE, has found success in...

Accountability: A concept worth revisiting

Where a culture of accountability exists, people do what they say they’ll do. This article describes how to promote accountability.

Addressing moral distress and resilience in nursing

ANA joined leading nursing organizations at a State of the Science Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland from August 11 to 12, 2016. Forty-six nurse leaders...
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Adverse event reporting and root cause analysis

Increasing nurses’ understanding can reduce errors. Takeaways Maintaining patient safety is pivotal to nursing practice; the complexities of healthcare call for more in-depth attention to...
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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 rules of engagement, read leadership...

Advocacy for all

Patricia Ford-Roegner, MSW, BSN, RN, ACSW, FAAN, now a senior health policy advisor at Amplify Public Affairs LLC and principal of her own practice,...
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Advocacy: A lifetime commitment

Leading nurses through crisis, disaster, and everyday practice. Texas Nurses Association (TNA) CEO Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, CAE, started her nursing career at a small...
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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.

Assessing nurses’ competency to achieve highly reliable care

As tenured nurses leave the workplace, healthcare organizations are striving to provide additional development and support for the less-experienced new hires who replace them. Assessing...
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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 - Nurse retention is closely linked to...
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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 can lead to significant performance...
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Beyond thank you: The powerful reach of meaningful recognition

“I recognize that voice, that voice belongs to someone who is such a dream to me. was a shining light and made an...
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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 to quickly engage staff...

Building a sense of community on nursing units

Jeff Rawson, a new nurse graduate, works on a behavioral health unit. His manager believes his transition is going well—until Jeff asks to transfer...

Building a strong shared governance foundation

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them...

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 hospital had been through...
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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 doubts about our skills and...
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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, Janegale Boyd, RN, decided to...

Carefronting: An innovative approach to managing conflict

Nick Chase is an emergency department (ED) charge nurse. He and Michelle Stanley have worked together for the past 3 years. Their relationship has...
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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 of nursing at Chatham University...
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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, MBA-HA, CPPS, takes every opportunity...

Choosing your political battles

Mary*, a new manager in the operating room, prides herself on being a strong advocate for her staff, quickly acting on every issue with...
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CNO-CFO collaboration for safe nurse staffing

Steps for building a partnership. Takeaways: Collaboration between chief nursing and finance officers builds trust and is essential to address the challenges of balancing the...
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Collaboration: The key to healthcare transformation

Transforming health care is a complex challenge that can best be met through a coordinated response from academia and clinical practice. Working together, chief nursing officers (CNOs) and...
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Collective genius as a tool for engagement and improvement

When bedside caregivers are engaged in their work, patient outcomes are improved, the patient experience is enhanced, and staff satisfaction is high. Most nursing...
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Confronting the fear of missing out

This addictive habit can lead to leader burnout. Takeaways: Fear of missing out (FOMO) can lead to extreme stress and an inability to make commitments. ...

Constructive feedback and disciplinary action

The thought of telling someone that he or she is not doing a great job provokes anxiety for many of us. Most of the...

Creating high-performance interprofessional teams

Kate Summer, a nurse case manager on a telemetry unit, is leading an initiative to reduce the 30-day readmission rate of older patients with...
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Day in the Life: Live tweets as a professional tool

Nurses around the world can connect and communicate with each other in more ways than ever before by using social media. Social media is...

Dealing with difficult people

Jackie Jacobs is a charge nurse in a busy intensive care unit. She prides herself on being able to get along well with almost...

Develop millennial leaders with generation collaboration

Takeaways: Generation collaboration is essential for the future growth of the nursing profession. Millennials are interested in pursuing leadership roles and believe that nurses...

Developing leaders: A shared responsibility

Take on challenges, seek support. We have the opportunity to speak to new and novice nurses about professional development several times a year. Inevitably, when...
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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, PhD, MEd, RN Takeaways: Your moral...

Diversifying the nation’s behavioral health workforce

SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program at ANA celebrates 45 years.   LESS THAN one-third of graduates from U.S. master’s and doctoral programs are members of underrepresented ethnic...
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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.’”

Does evidence-based nursing increase ROI?

A quality-improvement initiative quantified return on investment (ROI) from cost avoidance for five healthcare-acquired conditions.
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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 at the American Nurses Association...
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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 Environment at the American Nurses...

Empowering nurse health

Successful strategies for a healthier work environment CREATING a culture that fosters nurses’ health is a priority for Andrea Coyle, MSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC, who...

Enculturating the value of process improvement

Staff engagement within a culture of ownership and accountability makes the difference between successfully achieving and sustaining organizational outcomes. As healthcare organizations respond to...
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Enhance your self-awareness to be an authentic leader

In 2013 alone, U.S. organizations spent more than $15 billion on leadership development activities. Although much of these expenses focus on external programming, including...
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Establishing norms of respect—Strategies for nurses and managers

Take an evidence-based approach to creating a culture of civility. Takeaways: Workplace incivility can interfere with the development of nurses as confident leaders. Evidence...
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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 in Winston Salem, North Carolina,...

Financial terms 101

Key takeaways Only after we enter the practice setting do we begin to understand the ever-evolving impact of healthcare finance. Learning the nuances of...
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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 be integral to developing...
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Focusing on the quadruple aim of health care

Novel approaches can improve the experiences of those who deliver care. Key Takeaways Quarterly employee engagement surveys with accompanying action plans can improve patient and...

Food is medicine

Nurses address social determinants of health on Chicago’s West Side. JENNIFER GRENIER, DNP, RN-BC, CNML, CENP, is director of clinical operations for the cardiac service...
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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 state trooper, a major crimes...

Fostering soft skills is a must for nurse leaders

It’s uncommon for nurse leaders to have to coach employees on clinical skills, but quite common for nurse leaders to coach and even use...
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From our readers: How mentorship affects retention rates of new nurses

You likely vividly remember the day you learned you were officially a licensed professional registered nurse. You were excited to be able to apply...
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From our readers: Nurses leading from the middle

Nurse leaders are needed at all levels of the organization, especially in "the middle," which is commonly used to describe mid-level management positions. Middle...
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From our readers…What bedside nurses can teach nursing leaders

Five years ago, while working in leadership I had a pivotal conversation with my superior regarding the need to "stop thinking like a bedside...

Frontline nurses and transformational leadership

A key to quality and safety In 2011, the Institute of Medicine called for nurses in all settings and levels of care to be prepared...

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 Nursing initiative (Innovation in LEadership...
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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 families inspired Judith Huntington, MN,...
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Gratitude interventions for nurses

Innovate and track the outcomes. By Karen Gabel Speroni, PhD, BSN, MHSA, RN Gratitude is a simple concept that we’re all familiar with, but it may...

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 Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Partners...
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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.

High reliability in healthcare: The chief nursing officer’s critical role

CNOs can help lead the way to fewer errors and zero harm.   THE Joint Commission celebrated an important milestone last year. It’s been a decade...
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Hours per patient day: Understanding this key measure of productivity

Tracking HPPD helps to ensure each of the units in a hospital are meeting financial targets in order to remain financially healthy. Administrators, charge...
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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 that a regular computer...

How reliable is your bedside shift report?

A large healthcare system shares its model for success. Takeaways:  Traditional bedside shift reporting may not focus on specific patient safety prevention methods.  An enhanced...

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 manager, is pleased with...
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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 reduce turnover rate, and improves...
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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, retired in 2020 as senior...
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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.

Implementing purposeful daily leadership rounding: A broader approach to measuring quality

Patient satisfaction has long been one way that hospitals measured quality, albeit indirectly. The surgical services division of Rush University Medical Center, an academic...

Imposter syndrome: When you feel like you’re faking it

Colleen Jackson recently was promoted to a clinical manager position on her unit. At first, she was thrilled with the opportunity to advance her...

Improving your coaching skills

Susan is a seasoned nurse on a telemetry unit. One day, she arrives 20 minutes late, without explanation, to a mock code that the...
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Informal leaders and cultural change

Informal leaders are crucial to the success of a change involving the nursing team, yet they are often overlooked. A literature search of nursing...
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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 Kaiser Permanente’s national nursing leadership...
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Inspire others through transformational leadership

 Be an exemplary leader.  Takeaways: You can cultivate a transformational leadership style no matter your role, position, or experience. Transformational leadership characteristics can contribute to...
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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. Success can be achieved by...
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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. Success can be achieved by...

Internal agency nurses provide an integrated, centralized staffing solution

Use of various just-in-time staffing solutions (unit PRN staff, facility float pool, overtime, per diem agency, and travelers) to meet patient care needs creates...
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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 information. Nursing is the vanguard...
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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 proponent of interprofessional education. She...
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Interprofessional practice: A blueprint for success

Professional identity and role clarity are essential components. Takeaways: Professional role clarity is integral to successful interprofessional collaborative practice. Role-based collaborative practice by all stakeholders...

Introverts can be nurse leaders, too

Natalie Sanchez recently was promoted to a nurse manager position. So far, she thinks, things are going well. She is starting to feel comfortable...
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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 fee, Irene Trowell-Harris, EdD, RN,...

Justifying the purchase of a data-driven, acuity-based staffing system

Nursing practice is at the heart of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program, so nurses must be able to articulate...

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, FACHE, has devoted much...

Lead to succeed through generational differences

Chelsea enters the unit chewing gum and texting on her new smart phone. Deb stands there, waiting to get report. Minutes pass as Chelsea...
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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 caregiver is also synonymous...

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 Luther King readily come...

Leading the journey: Engaging staff in process improvement through visual management

The pressure is always on in busy clinical settings to improve efficiency, capacity, and patient flow. Strategic process improvement that engages the entire staff...
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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 teams in unexpected ways. How...

Leading the way to professional well-being

Report provides a road map for change. Takeaways: A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that between 35% and...

Leading through failure

I have served as a nurse corps officer in the United States Air Force for 27 years. One of my most useful leadership lessons...

Leading through loss: Lessons for healthcare leaders

One of the most painful experiences for any parent is the death of a child. The family is deeply affected by the loss, and...
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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 in others, and empathy has...
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Living Legends make their mark on nursing

Accomplishments positively impact health and healthcare FOR SOME NURSES, their work stands the test of time. Such is the case with seven nurse leaders who...

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 she has second thoughts....

Making the transformation to a customer-service orientation

This article describes how to boost patient satisfaction and loyalty.
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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 of the pandemic) found themselves...
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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 the new chief executive officer...
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Metric-driven initiative for promoting staff diversity

Plan, do, check, and act can serve as a framework.  Takeaways: Lack of diversity impacts patient care and nurses’ experience in the profession. Nurse leaders...

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 retaining expert knowledge as the...

More nurses are at the table

Pilot initiative shows significant growth in board service. During difficult times, the roles nurses play on the frontline of healthcare are at the forefront of...
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Navigating an environment of continuous change

Plan, communicate, and collaborate for success. Brad is an emergency department (ED) director in a hospital that was a COVID-19 hotspot, but as a result...
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Navigating organizational politics

Editor’s note: At American Nurse Today, we believe every nurse can be a leader. This article is the first in a series by Rose...
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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 of this novel infectious disease....
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Nine principles of successful nursing leadership

There is an extraordinary quality of spirit that prompts one to aspire to lead. These nine principles will help you tap into that spirit...
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Nurse leader talks about respectful, healthy work environments

Find an opportunity to address workplace civility. Ric Cuming,EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is senior vice president and chief nurse executive at the twice Magnet®-recognized Christiana...
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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 the American Nurses AssociationCalifornia (ANAC),...

Nurse turnover: Understand it, reduce it

What can employers do to increase nurse retention? Takeaways: Because of the stress involved in nursing, many healthcare organizations have high rates of nurse turnover. ...
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Nurses lead progress in Choosing Wisely® Campaign

Call for implementation and evaluation of evidence-based recommendations. NURSES are masters at guiding wise choices and an obvious partner when the American Board of Internal...
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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 during its 2021 Health Policy...
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Nursing’s role in Joint Commission accreditation

Inspiring safety and quality care. Takeaways: Nurses play a key role in the accreditation process and work on the frontline to prevent errors and promote...

One-on-one meetings: The stitch in time that saves nine

Remember the last time you had a loose button? Maybe you thought about stopping to sew it on, but never did. Then the button...
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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, FAAN, when asked about...
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Powering policy with nurse expertise

Jeri Milstead is inducted into the ANA Hall of Fame. Jeri Milstead, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, has built her legacy on advocating for nurses’ involvement...

Principled leadership and the imperative for workplace civility

Civility is not situational. What a leader must manifest all day, every day, is civility, because civility is—or at least should be—an expectation and...

Professional growth and development for nurse leaders

Keep your skills up-to-date with resources from ANA Enterprise. AS A NURSE LEADER, you make decisions that impact many facets of the healthcare landscape. Your...
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Promote nurse manager job satisfaction and retention

With support, education, and work-life balance, we can develop a new generation of nurse managers. Takeaways: Nurse managers are experiencing significant changes to their roles...
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Promoting professional accountability and ownership

Nursing leaders set the tone for a culture of professional responsibility. Takeaways: Professional accountability is a commitment that you make to yourself and your career when...

Promoting professionalism through authority guided intervention

Consider this scenario: Over the past 12 months, Pat, an RN, has participated in two Awareness conversations with a peer member of the Professionalism...

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 to gain confidence in...
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Protect and defend

Edie Brous wants nurses to protect their livelihoods.   While working on her master’s degree, Edie Brous, JD, MSN, MPH, RN, took a course on collective...
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Rebuilding staff trust

A healthy emotional bank account and eight pillars can facilitate the process. Ray* recently accepted the role of director in an emergency department (ED) that’s...
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Releasing our attachments to the past

Jake, a critical care nursing director, works for a large healthcare system that has invested heavily in testing the use of robots to support...

Scope and standards-of-practice documents: Guiding you to leadership success

Starting a new job in a new specialty can be a daunting experience. I recently transitioned to a new role as a nurse administrator....

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 and working to prevent...
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Should you pursue leadership? 10 questions to help you decide

 Take stock and prepare for success. Takeaways:  Leadership in today’s healthcare environment is challenging. This 10-question decision-making framework can help clinical nurses who are considering...
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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, the opposite is true:...
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Staying in the fight

Paula M. Neira wants health equity for all.  Combat veteran Paula M. Neira, JD, MSN, RN, CEN, FAAN, worked as an emergency department nurse before...

Stopping the pain: The role of nurse leaders in providing organizational resources to reduce...

As articles ranging from those in American Nurse Today ("Civility starts with you") to The New York Times ("When the Nurse is a Bully")...
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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 her 30-year career in nursing...
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Success is not final, failure is not fatal…

It takes courage to keep growing and achieve your vision.  The rich and evolving field of nursing provides a variety of ways to positively impact...
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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 retention significantly. Strategically planned job...

Take the chance

Jeannine Rivet’s legacy developed one leap of faith at a time. JEANNINE RIVET, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN, retired executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, has...

Taking the first steps to serving on a board

Nurses have a singular perspective on patient care and community health. With our training and experience, we can inform and improve healthcare decisions in...
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Talent-management strategies: Bridging the multigenerational gap in nursing

In today’s dynamic nursing environment, we are seeing four generations, creating a remarkable "cross-pollination" of RNs from across the Traditionalist (Veteran), Baby Boomer, Generation...
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Ten tips for transitioning from home care nurse to nurse manager

Sarah made the transition from inpatient hospital nurse to home care (HC) nurse 6 years ago. She enjoys her practice and likes helping the...
The business of caring: What every nurse should know about cutting costs

The business of caring: What every nurse should know about cutting costs

Learn how you can help make a difference in your unit budget.

The drive for cost transparency in health care

In the new era of healthcare reform, the focus is on value and cost transparency.
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The imperative for an electronic nurse scheduling system

Prioritize the need and make a positive impact Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Best Practices for Workforce Management: A Toolkit for CNOs....
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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 self-promotion, it seems odd to address...

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 and years of leadership...
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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 its obstetric units. The...
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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 the workplace A leader-coach...
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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 are the heartbeat of healthcare, working...

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, then add a measure of sensitivity...

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 cause even the best and...

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 hospital where I work,...
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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 flow is safer and more...
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Thinking it through: The path to reflective leadership

Reflective leadership is a way of approaching the work of being a leader by leading one’s life with presence and personal mastery. Learning to...

Thoughtful feedback loop: A nurse’s approach to personal and organizational improvement

As a nurse, your partnership with another in the Thoughtful Feedback Loop gives you the power to exponentially increase the rate at which you...

Three first steps for effective succession planning

In light of the predicted nursing shortage, nursing leaders need to take strategic action to prepare nurses to assume key leadership roles in the near future. Proactive succession...
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Three Good Things: Build resilience and improve well-being

This simple tool can help staff change their outlook and improve care. Takeaways: As nursing leaders, we must recognize the importance of building staff resilience...

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 certification and regularly takes...
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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 Jackie works in a coronary care unit....
Transitioning From Peer to Leader

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 joined the team 4 years...

Uplifting nurses

Associations respond to member needs in a pandemic. In 2020, what kept me up at night was nurses’ well-being and how they’ve been dealing with...

Using leadership power wisely

Learn how to use power in the service of others. Takeaways:  Leaders are entrusted with power and are expected to use it wisely. Sources of...
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Viewpoint: Putting money at the bedside

Teamwork has proven to be effective in creating strategies to improve patient outcomes. The Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), clinical professionals,...
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Voice and vaccinations

Boldness is a cultural journey. The COVID-19 pandemic places nurses firmly in the public square with compelling professional and public leadership opportunities. The critical need...

What followers want in their nurse leaders

Why would anyone want you to lead them? That’s a question nurses rarely ask themselves before they take on leadership positions. But it’s an...

What we can learn about scheduling from the airline and package-delivery industries

Optimization modeling moves decision-making from a “what-if” to a “what’s-best” solution.
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When a patient refuses a nurse assignment

Develop a plan to address the refusal and support staff.  Takeaways: Addressing the issue of patient refusal of a nurse assignment requires understanding three factors:...

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 recently completed her doctorate...

Why timing is crucial in leadership

For the last 2 years, Karen, the manager of a critical care unit, has been laying the groundwork for her unit to apply for...
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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 quality patient care. Building a...

Year of the Nurse 2020

Advancing professional innovation. The year 2020, designated by the World Health Organization as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, is pivotal for our...
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You’ve been selected to serve on a nursing council: Now what?

Use this work to transform lives and create healthy communities.  Takeaways: Within a shared decision-making model, nursing councils function as the primary mechanism for deliberating,...
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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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Do Vitamins, Plants Help Uterine Fibroid Risk or Treatment?

A research team out of Poland recently undertook a comprehensive examination of published data to determine the role that vitamins and diet might play...