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A New Window Into Nurse Manager Development: Teaching for the Practice

Cathcart, Eloise Balasco MSN, RN, FAAN; Greenspan, Miriam MS, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: December 2012 - Volume 42 - Issue 12 - p 557–561
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e318274b52d

An important domain that emerged from the interpretation of 91 nurse manager (NM) narratives was achieving the right relationship between a NM and a recalcitrant staff member. This article depicts the qualitative distinctions in 2 stages of NM practice to show the importance of reflection on experiential learning in the development of expertise. This work confirms that NM development is more complex than teaching a curriculum of business and management theory and should include teaching for mastery of the skilled know-how of clinical leadership practice and formation of the person as manager.

Author Affiliations: Clinical Associate Professor and Coordinator (Ms Cathcart), Graduate Program in Nursing Administration, College of Nursing, New York University; Nursing Program Director (Ms Greenspan), The Center for Nursing Excellence, The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Cathcart, NYU College of Nursing, 726 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.