Editor-in-Chief: Kathleen D. Sanford, RN, DBA, MBA, MA, FACHE, CENP
ISSN: 0363-9568
Online ISSN: 1550-5103
Frequency: 4 issues / year
From the Editor

My school aged daughter is sometimes asked to learn things in a novel way.  One of her teachers often assigns her to draw a picture that illustrates new words the class is learning.  I find some of the depictions to be extremely creative, and even insightful.  I was thinking about this educational method when I read the articles in our current issue, “The Resilient Nurse Leader.”

While the word “resilience” has not yet appeared in my child’s homework, I know what would illustrate the concept to me. I would draw (or try to, with my very limited artistic skill) a nurse leader.

Resilience is the ability to maintain or return to a healthy state of mind, body and spirit, despite forces that work to deflate or defeat all three of these.  Synonyms for the word include pliability, flexibility, hardiness, toughness, strength and buoyancy.   These are the very words I would use to describe my wonderful, funny, talented, intelligent nursing colleagues…besides the ones I just mentioned. The resiliency of nurses, and in particular, nurses who lead, is incredible. The men and women who continue to seek, and find, ways to improve health for individuals and communities, in spite of daunting challenges (and some disappointments) make me proud to be part of this special profession. I’m hoping the articles in this edition will reinforce your pride, too….and remind you of ways to increase your own essence of resilience.  

Thanks for Choosing to Lead,


Current Issue Highlights




Enjoy complimentary access to this month's CGEAN Recommended Reading article:

Seven Behaviors to Advance Teamwork: Findings From a Study of Innovation Leadership in a Simulation Center  

Traditional notions of individual-based leadership behaviors are no longer adequate to achieve innovation in health care organizations. A major contributing factor for limited innovation is that outdated leadership practices, such as leader centricity, linear thinking, and poor readiness for innovation, are being used in health care organizations. Read More...

Thoughts on Resilience from Resilient Nurse Leaders

"Resilience is a product of the attitude one chooses and becomes reflected in one’s ability to always see his/her cup as half full, to bounce back from set-backs and embrace the unlimited possibilities that life has to offer."   -Donell Martinez, RN, MSN, Director of Marketing and Clinical Communications, Catholic Health Initiatives

"To me, resilience is about connecting with the joy and meaning in the work of professional nursing we are called to lead and to see the situations we face in health care as filled with endless possibilities rather than problems."   -Andrea Mazzoccoli, RN, PhD, FAAN, CNO, Bon Secours Health System, Center for Clinical Excellence and Innovation 

"To me, resilience is being able to see the light at the end of darkest tunnel and to know it is not a train.  It is hope and confidence that I will find my way through the darkness; that the light will grow larger if I continue to move forward."   -Karren Kowalski, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, President/CEO, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence



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