Nursing Leadership

First pandemic and second thoughts

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.” — Victor Frankl Excited about landing my first job as a nurse (AT), I texted a friend of mine about it. Immediately, I was praised for...

Using COVID-19 stimulus funds to invest in a skilled nursing workforce

The United States (US) currently faces a multitude of unknowns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Who are essential workers to handle infection surges? What steps do we take to save lives? How long will 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 the public’s awareness. Their clinical expertise is essential in daily...

Into the community

Beyond being trusted by the public for their roles in hospitals, ambulatory clinics, schools, and other settings, nurses have a long track record of using their expertise and passion to strengthen the health and...

Revising a clinical ladder program to increase nurse participation

A community hospital recognizes a need and builds a program to meet it. Takeaways: To recruit and retain a strong, competent nursing workforce, healthcare organizations must provide programs that support new nurses, beginning with onboarding...

Nurses Month during a time of crisis

When the ANA Enterprise began planning the Year of the Nurse, including expanding the traditional National Nurses Week to a month-long celebration, we didn’t anticipate the different world we’re living and working in today. As...

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 we ask them their definition of professional development, we get...

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 continuity, patient safety, and quality care. Transitioning from peer to...

Supporting nurses when patients die during a disaster: What leaders can do

Our communities are under unprecedented stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonessential personnel are isolated and quarantined at home. Some people may have to drop off an extremely ill family member to a hospital’s emergency...

Shout out and murmurs in the Year of the Nurse

“This morning I forage into the Purveyor’s Store… no mops, no plates, no wooden trays, no slippers, … no basins, no towelling, no chloride of lime.” — Florence Nightingale, 1854 (Letter to the Secretary...

Nurse leaders in demand

Now more than ever, leadership is critical for the nursing community. Listen to Jeff Doucette, SVP & CNO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals speak on leadership qualities for the future.
COVID-19 cell

American Nurse Journal welcomes Dr. Patricia Davidson, Dean and Professor of Nursing, Johns Hopkins...

The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife during COVID-19 We are in a time none of us could have expected. At the beginning of 2020, I had high hopes for celebrating the Year of...
nurse teamwork at work

Strategies for improving the nurse work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic

I will never forget the first time I called a code blue for a patient under my direct care as a critical care nurse in an adult medical-surgical ICU over a decade ago. I remember...