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The Implementation of a Structured Nursing Leadership Development Program for Succession Planning in a Health System

Ramseur, Priscilla, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC; Fuchs, Mary, Ann, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Edwards, Pamela, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, CENP; Humphreys, Janice, PhD, RN, FAAN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: January 2018 - Volume 48 - Issue 1 - p 25–30
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000566

Preparing future nursing leaders to be successful is important because many current leaders will retire in large numbers in the future. A structured nursing leadership development program utilizing the Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation online program provided future nursing leaders with content aligned with nursing leadership competencies. Paired with assigned mentors and monthly leadership sessions, the participants increased their perception of leadership competence.

Author Affiliations: Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer (Dr Ramseur), Duke Raleigh Hospital; Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive (Dr Fuchs) and Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Nursing Education; Duke University Health System and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs; Duke University School of Nursing (Dr Edwards), Duke University Health System; and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Dr Humphreys), Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Ramseur, Duke Raleigh Hospital, 3400 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609 (

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