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Growing Clinical and Academic Nursing Leaders

Building the Pipeline

Sessler Branden, Pennie PhD, CNM, RN, CNE; Sharts-Hopko, Nancy C. PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000239
Original Articles

Nursing faces a crisis because there exists a dearth of qualified nurse academicians and administrators willing to step up to high-level leadership positions such as deanships and chief nursing operators. This article critically appraises the available literature regarding succession planning in the nursing profession and offers pragmatic suggestions to the profession to engage in succession planning in a deliberate and thoughtful manner.

Sacred Heart University, College of Nursing, Fairfield, Connecticut (Dr Sessler Branden); and College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania (Dr Sharts-Hopko).

Correspondence: Pennie Sessler Branden, PhD, CNM, RN, CNE, Sacred Heart University, College of Nursing, 5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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