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Nurse Manager Residency Program: An Innovative Leadership Succession Plan

Watkins, Amy BSN, RN; Wagner, Jennifer BSN, RN, NE-BC; Martin, Christina MSN, RN, NE-BC; Grant, Brandy MSN, RN; Maule, Katrina BSN, RN, CMSRN; Resh, Kimberly BSN, RN, CCRN; King, Lisa BSN, RN; Eaton, Holly BSN, RN; Fetter, Katrina BSN, RN, OCN; King, Stacey L. MSN, RN, NE-BC; Thompson, Elizabeth J. BSN, MBA, RN, CCRN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: May/June 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p 121–128
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000036
Leadership DIMENSION

To ensure succession planning within the ranks of nurse managers meet current and projected nursing management needs and organizational goals, we developed and implemented a nurse manager residency program at our hospital. By identifying, supporting, and mentoring clinical experts who express a desire and display an aptitude for nursing leadership, we are graduating individuals who can transition to a nurse manager position with greater ease and competence.

With the increasingly complex and dynamic healthcare landscape, it is no longer prudent for a novice nurse manager (NM) to assume the role with minimal preparation and untested leadership skills. A hospital-based leadership team developed and implemented an NM residency program that would ensure succession planning within the ranks of NMs to meet current and projected nursing management needs and organizational goals.

Amy Watkins, BSN, RN, is staff nurse, General Telemetry Unit, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Wagner, BSN, RN, NE-BC, is nurse manager, Observation Unit, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Christina Martin, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is nurse manager, Intermediate Intensive Care Unit, Magnet Coordinator, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Brandy Grant, MSN, RN, is nurse manager, Pulmonary & Telemetry Unit, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Katrina Maule, BSN, RN, CMSRN, is nurse manager, General Orthopedic Unit, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Kimberly Resh, BSN, RN, CCRN, is nurse manager, Medical-Surgical Unit, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Lisa King, BSN, RN, is nurse manager, Electrophysiology & Telemetry Unit, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Holly Eaton, BSN, RN, is interim assistant nurse manager, Intermediate Intensive Care Unit, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Katrina Fetter, BSN, RN, OCN, is interim nurse manager, Heart Failure Unit, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Stacey L. King, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is director of Nursing, Nurse Manager Residency Facilitator, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth J. Thompson, BSN, MBA, RN, CCRN, is nursing project coordinator, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Elizabeth J. Thompson, BSN, MBA, RN, CCRN, Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17603 (ejthomps@lghealth.org).

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