Nursing

Making nurses into leaders

Nurse Leader Insider, December 8, 2016

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Nurse executives wear two hats. Their most obvious role is that of clinical caregiver. But they're also executives, and with that extra layer of responsibility comes the need for an extra layer of skills. While much is made of nurses maintaining and expanding bedside skills through advanced practice education and training, nurse executives also need to hone their leadership skills.

That's why the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has teamed with one of the nation's top business schools, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, to develop the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program.

So what are some of those unique needs?

"The health professions deans in today's world have the challenge of making sure that all graduates are prepared for the healthcare delivery system and the future healthcare delivery system," Kirschling tells HealthLeaders Media in an interview.

With that in mind, she says the four-day program will focus on topics ranging from how to more effectively build strategic relationships across academic practice boundaries to leading organizational change to strategic thinking. Participants will also spend time learning about entrepreneurship and new ways to increase cash flow.

"As state support goes down, then schools of nursing are challenged with finding new revenue streams," Kirschling says.

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