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Nurs Adm Q. 2011 Oct-Dec;35(4):313-22. doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0b013e31822ed1d9.

Developing the leadership skills of new graduates to influence practice environments: a novice nurse leadership program.

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Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA. sdyess@fau.edu

Abstract

The authors of the recently published Institute of Medicine on the Future of Nursing report emphasized the importance of preparing nurses to lead change to advance health care in the United States. Other scholars linked practice environments to safe quality care. In order for nurses to fully actualize this role in practice environments, they need to possess leadership skills sets that identify and respond to challenges faced. New nurses are no exception. This article presents a program with a 5-year track record that is designed to support transition and enhance the skill sets of leadership for new nurses in their first year of practice. Qualitative and quantitative evaluation measurements at baseline and postprogram provided data for evaluation of the first 4 cohorts in the program. Evaluative outcomes presented indicate that new nurses gained leadership and translational research skills that contributed to their ability to influence practice environments. Nonetheless, practice environments continue to need improvement and ongoing leadership from all levels of nursing must be upheld.

PMID:
21900816
DOI:
10.1097/NAQ.0b013e31822ed1d9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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