Many new nursing leaders assuming deanships, 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 offer survival tips based on their personal experiences and insights. They address common issues, challenges, and opportunities that face academic executive teams, 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.
Author Affiliations: Associate Dean (Dr Pressler), College of Nursing, and Associate Dean, Graduate Nursing Programs, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina; Dean (Dr Kenner), School of Nursing, and Associate Dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Pressler, Graduate Nursing Programs, College of Nursing, East Carolina University, 600 Moye Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858 ( firstname.lastname@example.org).