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Support for Caring and Resiliency Among Successful Nurse Leaders

Dyess, Susan Mac Leod PhD, RN, AHN-BC, NE-BC; Prestia, Angela S. PhD, RN, NE-BC; Smith, Marlaine C. PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

Nursing Administration Quarterly: April/June 2015 - Volume 39 - Issue 2 - p 104–116
doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000101
Original Articles

Health care practice settings are replete with competing priorities for nurse leaders who are responsible to the staff, the organization, and the patients and their families. In the midst of the competing priorities, there is a mandate for successful nursing leadership that is patient centered. To support the continuance of nurse leader success and avoid discouragement and attrition, a caring and resilient model for leadership may be necessary. This article considers the practices of nurse leaders that support caring, resiliency, and, ultimately, their success. Successful navigation toward patient-centered solutions through the intentional and inextricably linked living caring and resiliency was enhanced with practices of self-care, accountability, and reflection. Within each of the 3 intentional practices, a primary process emerged that revealed how nurse leaders actualize their caring and resiliency. The practices and mutually supportive processes are discussed. Useful questions are provided to guide any nurse leader who is contemplating practices of self-care, accountability, and reflection for supporting caring and resiliency.

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton (Drs Dyess and Smith); and Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida (Dr Prestia).

Correspondence: Advanced Holistic Nursing Graduate Concentration Coordinator, Susan Mac Leod Dyess, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, NE-BC, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, NU 328, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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