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Investment in the Future: A 3-Level Approach for Developing the Healthcare Leaders of Tomorrow

Wolf, Gail A. DNS, RN, FAAN; Bradle, Judy BA; Greenhouse, Pamela MBA

Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2006 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p 331-336

Among the numerous challenges facing healthcare leaders is the paucity of well-prepared, effective managers. Cuts in recent years have reduced "bench strength," and the demands of managing in a complex industry are significant. The authors describe a 3-level leadership development program created at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to meet this challenge. Leadership gaps, content for each level, and outcomes are discussed.

Authors' affiliations: Professor (Dr Wolf), Nursing Leadership, School of Nursing; Director of Beckwith Institute for Innovation (Ms Bradle); Associate to the Vice President (Ms Greenhouse),University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Corresponding author: Dr Wolf, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 336 Victoria Building, 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.