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Listening to Nursing Leaders: Using National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Data to Study Excellence in Nursing Leadership

Anderson, Barbara Jo MSN, RN, NE-BC; Manno, Martin MSN, RN, ACNS-BC; O'Connor, Pricilla PhD, RN; Gallagher, Eileen MSN, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: April 2010 - Volume 40 - Issue 4 - p 182-187
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181d40f65

There are varying and overlapping leadership characteristics that exemplify excellence in nursing leadership. To assess aspects of leadership that helps create a healthy work environment that supports nurses' provision of quality care at the bedside, the authors used a national survey instrument to examine the characteristics of nurse managers identified as excellent nurse leaders by their staff. The authors discuss their findings and a proposed theoretical model to explain specific nursing leadership characteristics that support staff nurse job satisfaction and retention.

Authors' Affiliations: Clinical Director (Ms Anderson), Director Nursing Education and Research (Mr Manno), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia; Research Consultant (Dr O'Connor), Nurse Educator (Ms Gallagher), Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

Corresponding author: Ms Anderson, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, 51 N 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (

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