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Nurse Manager Leadership Development: Leveraging the Evidence and System-Level Support

Fennimore, Laura DNP, RN; Wolf, Gail PhD, RN, FAAN

Journal of Nursing Administration: May 2011 - Volume 41 - Issue 5 - p 204-210
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182171aff

The complexities of healthcare demand new leadership approaches to achieve organizational goals while developing and sustaining healthy work environments. The nurse manager is the defining role, crucial to achievement of workplace outcomes. Preparing nurses for this dynamic, complex role is often dependent on didactic education or on-the-job training that falls short of true leadership development. The authors describe an innovative approach to the development of successful nursing leaders across an integrated healthcare system.

Author Affiliations: Director of Clinical Programs, Medicaid, Medicare Special Needs Plan, and Children's Insurance Plan (Dr Fennimore), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan; Professor (Dr Wolf), University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Dr Fennimore, UPMC Health Plan, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.