Many new nursing leaders assuming deanships or assistant or interim deanships have limited education, experience, or background to prepare them for the job. To assist new deans and those aspiring to be deans, the authors of this department, both deans, offer survival tips based on their personal experiences and insights. They address common issues, challenges, and opportunities that academic executive teams face, such as negotiating an executive contract, obtaining faculty lines, building effective work teams, managing difficult employees, and creating nimble organizational structure to respond to changing consumer, healthcare delivery, and community needs. The authors welcome counterpoint discussions with readers.
Authors' Affiliations: Dean and Professor (Dr Kenner); Assistant Dean (Dr Pressler), College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Corresponding Author: Dr Kenner, College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma, 1100 North Stonewall Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73117 (Carole-Kenner@ouhsc.edu).