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Nurse Executive Leadership During Organizational Mergers

Piper, Letty Roth EdD, RN; Schneider, Maureen PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FACHE

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: December 2015 - Volume 45 - Issue 12 - p 592–594
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000269
Departments: Spotlight on Leadership

The recent growth in hospital mergers and the resultant mergers of nursing service departments (NSDs) have produced a need for chief nursing officers (CNOs) to be aware of implications and anticipated dynamic changes. This article addresses the major issues raised by mergers for NSDs and presents an operational step-by-step checklist for CNOs.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Piper), LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Interim Chief Nursing Officer/Operations (Dr Schneider), Chilton Hospital, Pompton Plains, and Faculty Member, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Piper, 107 Wilshire Blvd, Swedesboro, NJ 08085 (

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