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Nurturing Charge Nurses for Future Leadership Roles

Patrician, Patricia A. PhD, RN, FAAN; Oliver, Douglas DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NE-BC; Miltner, Rebecca S. PhD, RNC-OB, NEA-BC; Dawson, Martha DNP, RN, FACHE; Ladner, Kathleen A. PhD, RN, FACHE

Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2012 - Volume 42 - Issue 10 - p 461–466
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31826a1fdb

Charge nurses are untapped leadership resources that can be groomed for future advanced leadership positions in healthcare organizations. The purpose of this study was to understand the development needs for the charge nurse role. This study demonstrates they receive little or no training for assuming positions of leadership and offers suggestions for enhancement of preparation.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor and Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor (Dr Patrician), Instructor (Dr Oliver), Adjunct Assistant Professor (Dr Miltner), Assistant Professor (Dr Dawson), and Visiting Assistant Professor (Dr Ladner), University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Patrician, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing, NB 324, 1530 Third Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35294 (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.