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Graduate Leadership Education for Nurse Leaders—Needed Now More Than Ever

Fennimore, Laura DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Warshawsky, Nora PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: July/August 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 7/8 - p 347–349
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000765
Departments: ALSN Perspectives

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently reinforced that as nurses seek to expand their expertise in healthcare delivery they should seek graduate education. Today's healthcare systems are growing in complexity and require greater knowledge to “revolutionize healthcare.” This column presents the case to support graduate leadership education for nurse managers followed by recommendations for practice.

Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Fennimore), Acute and Tertiary Care, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pennsylvania; and Professor (Dr Warshawsky), University of Central Florida College of Nursing, Orlando.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Fennimore, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 3500 Victoria St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (

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