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Expanding Leadership Capacity: Educational Levels for Nurse Leaders

Yoder-Wise, Patricia S. EdD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN; Scott, Elaine S. PhD, RN, NE-BC; Sullivan, Dori Taylor PhD, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ, FAAN

Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 6 - p 326–328
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182942ca4
Departments: CGEAN Perspectives

A master’s degree in nursing administration prepares the nurse to lead nursing and interprofessional teams, to create new and innovative approaches to improve care processes and outcomes, as well as traditional management responsibilities related to budgets, human resources, quality and safety, and a healthy work environment. Are we not at a critical juncture in our profession when we should challenge the profession to require a master’s degree education for all levels of nursing administration?

Author Affiliations: Past President, Council of Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing; Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita, School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; President (Dr Yoder-Wise), The Wise Group, Lubbock, Texas; President, Council of Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing; Associate Professor and Director (Dr Scott), East Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina; Treasurer, Council of Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing; Professor (Dr Sullivan), Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Scott, East Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership, 3138 Health Sciences Building, College of Nursing, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 (e.scott215@gmail.com).

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