Article: PDF OnlyDirector of Nursing Effectiveness DON and CEO Perspectives and Implications for EducationFreund, Cynthia M. RN, PhDAuthor Information Cynthia M. Freund, RN, PhD, is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: June 1985 - Volume 15 - Issue 6 - p 25-30 Buy Abstract As part of a study, directors of nursing (DONs) and chief executive officers (CEOs) were asked what makes an effective nurse executive and were questioned about their educational and experiential backgrounds. More than fourfifths of the DONs and four-fifths of the CEOs said that effective DONs need knowledge about general and fiscal management and about nursing and the health-care field. The second most frequently mentioned factor was human management skill. DONs tended to view their positions as more political than did CEOs. DON and CEO perspectives on what makes DONs effective have implications for educational programs preparing nurse administrators. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.