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Online J Issues Nurs. 2016 Jan 14;21(1):7.

Growing Nurse Leaders: Their Perspectives on Nursing Leadership and Today’s Practice Environment

Abstract

With the growing complexity of healthcare practice environments and pending nurse leader retirements, the development of future nurse leaders is increasingly important. This article reports on focus group research conducted with Generation Y nurses prior to their initiating coursework in a Master’s Degree program designed to support development of future nurse leaders. Forty-four emerging nurse leaders across three program cohorts participated in this qualitative study conducted to capture perspectives about nursing leaders and leadership. Conventional content analysis was used to analyze and code the data into categories. We discuss the three major categories identified, including: idealistic expectations of leaders, leading in a challenging practice environment, and cautious but optimistic outlook about their own leadership and future, and study limitations. The conclusion offers implications for future nurse leader development. The findings provide important insight into the viewpoints of nurses today about leaders and leadership.

KEYWORDS:

nursing leadership; emerging nurse leaders; practice environments; succession planning; healthy work environments; multi-generational workforce; Generation Y; academic-practice partnership; leadership development

PMID:
27853273
DOI:
10.3912/OJIN.Vol21No01PPT04
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