Leadership vision, strategy, and commitment are vital for the promotion of nursing professional development. In this article, the author describes the process of executing a vision for innovative professional development programs at a 270-bed academic pediatric medical center. A proactive nursing education department expanded to build broad-based career programs for pediatric nurses. These programs are nursing career satisfiers that have resulted in improved health care for children and enhanced financial outcomes for the organization.
The author describes professional development programs that satisfied nurses and improved health care for children in an academic pediatric medical center.
Diana Halfer, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is Administrator, Clinical and Organizational Development, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Diana Halfer, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Clinical and Organizational Development, Children's Memorial Hospital, 2300 Children's Plaza, Mailstop 47, Chicago, IL 60614 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).