Many new nursing leaders assuming deanships, assistant, or interim deanships have limited education, experience, or background to prepare them for the job. To assist new deans and those aspiring to be deans, the authors of this department offer survival tips based on their personal experiences and insights. They address common issues, challenges, and opportunities that face academic executive teams, such as negotiating an executive contract, obtaining faculty lines, building effective work teams, managing difficult employees, and creating nimble organizational structure to respond to changing consumer, healthcare delivery, and community needs. The authors welcome counterpoint discussions with readers.
Author Affiliations: Dean (Dr Kenner), School of Nursing, and Associate Dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts; Assistant Dean (Dr Pressler), College of Nursing, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Pressler, Academic Programs, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln, NE 68588 (firstname.lastname@example.org).