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Crossing Our Quality Chasm: Continuing the Case for Graduate Preparation of Nurse Managers and Leaders

Pawlak, Roberta P. PhD, RN; Scott, Elaine S. PhD, RN, NE-BC; Murphy, Lyn Stankiewicz PhD, MBA, MS, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: December 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 12 - p 627–629
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000003
Departments: CGEAN Perspectives

The previous CGEAN Perspectives column compared the Baccalaureate Essentials document with American Nurses Credentialing Center® (ANCC®) and American Organization of Nurse Executives® (AONE®) certification examination content for nurse managers and concluded that the baccalaureate curriculum lacks the depth of content needed for today’s frontline nurse leaders. This article continues the discussion by comparing the Master’s Essentials document with ANCC and AONE nurse manager-level certification content to evaluate if a master’s graduate education prepares nurses for the competencies of these management roles.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Dr Pawlak), Edgewood College School of Nursing, Madison, Wisconsin; VP Membership, CGEAN and Associate Professor and Director (Dr Scott), East Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina; and President, CGEAN Director and Assistant Professor, Health Services, Leadership and Management, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore; and VP for Research (Dr Murphy), CGEAN, Seattle, Washington.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Pawlak, Edgewood College School of Nursing, 1000 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI 53711 (

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