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Developing Nursing Leaders: An Overview of Trends and Programs

O'Neil, Edward PhD, MPA, FAAN; Morjikian, Robin L. MPA; Cherner, David MBA, MPH; Hirschkorn, Colleen MPA, RN; West, Terry MBA

Journal of Nursing Administration: April 2008 - Volume 38 - Issue 4 - p 178-183
doi: 10.1097/01.NNA.0000312754.61170.fa

Nurses need to acquire new leadership skills to meet the demands of their positions. Until recently, the healthcare industry has focused on continuing education to meet licensure requirements and to achieve advanced clinical certifications. Given increasingly complex leadership challenges, we are seeing the emergence of leadership development programs designed to enhance leadership effectiveness in the service of broader strategic objectives. By learning more about these opportunities, nurse executives can make better decisions for themselves and other nursing colleagues.

Authors' Affiliations: Founding Partner (Dr O'Neil); Consultant (Ms Morjikian); Managing Partner (Mr Cherner), Health Workforce Solutions, LLC, San Francisco, California; Director (Dr O'Neil), Center for the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco; Senior Vice President (Ms Hirschkorn); Senior Scientist (Mr West), The Lewin Group, Inc, Falls Church, Virginia.

Corresponding author: Ms Morjikian, Center for the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco, 3333 California St, Suite 410, San Francisco, CA 94118 (

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.