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A Nursing Leadership Immersion Program: Succession Planning Using Social Capital

Pedersen, Anne MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Sorensen, Joanne DNP, RN, FACHE; Babcock, Tyler BSN, RN, CEN; Bradley, Marci MSN, RN, NE-BC; Donaldson, Nicole BSN, RN, RN-BC; Donnelly, James E. BSN, MBA, RN; Edgar, William MSN, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: March 2018 - Volume 48 - Issue 3 - p 168–174
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000592

This article describes the inception and evolution of a 3-month immersion experience between hospital and nurse leaders where sociological principles were applied to support nurse leader succession. Unique to this program, the bedside nurse joins the nursing executive team full time to participate in all organizational leadership activities as part of the experience.

Author Affiliations: Director of Nursing (Ms Pedersen), UPMC Hamot, Erie; Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President Patient Services (Dr Sorensen), UPMC Northwest, Seneca; and ED Clinician (Mr Babcock), Clinical Director Medical-Surgical (Ms Bradley), 7 South Clinician (Ms Donaldson), CNE and Vice President of Patient Care Services (Mr Donnelly), and Director 4 South (Mr Edgar), UPMC Hamot, Erie, Pennsylvania.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Pedersen, UPMC Hamot, 201 State St, Erie, PA 16550 (

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