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Healthcare then and now

Impact on nursing leadership

Bowers, Devin MSN, RN, NE-BC; Goodyear, Caryl PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000579008.94739.05

The supervisor nurse role has evolved into today's nurse manager and along with the title change, the breadth of the nurse leader's role and responsibilities has grown considerably. To understand this shift, it's helpful to look back and remember what our patients, hospitals, and frontline nurse leaders looked like 50 years ago.

Devin Bowers is the director of practice excellence and Caryl Goodyear is the practice excellence programs manager for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Caryl Goodyear is also a Nursing Management editorial board member.

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