Evaluation of a nurse leadership development programme
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Evaluation of a nurse leadership development programme

Margaret West Director of system nursing research, Geisinger Health System, Nursing Education Center, Danville, Pennsylvania
Lisa Smithgall Vice president of patient care services, and chief nursing officer, Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tennessee
Greta Rosler Patient care manager, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania
Erin Winn Human resources administrator, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania

Margaret West and colleagues describe the creation of the Nurses Emerging as Leaders programme and analyses its effectiveness

The challenge for nursing leaders responsible for workforce planning is to predict the knowledge, skills and abilities required to lead future healthcare delivery systems effectively. Succession planning requires a constant, competitive pool of qualified nursing leader candidates, and retention of those interested in career growth. Formal nursing leadership education in the United States is available through graduate education and professional nursing organisation programmes, such as the Emerging Nurse Leader Institute of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. However, there is also a need for local development programmes tailored to the needs of individual organisations. Leaders at Geisinger Health System, one of the largest rural health systems in the US, identified the need for an internal professional development scheme for nurses. In 2013 the Nurses Emerging as Leaders programme was developed to prepare nurse leaders for effective leadership and successful role transition. This article describes the programme and an evaluation of its effectiveness.

Nursing Management. 22, 10, 26-31. doi: 10.7748/nm.22.10.26.s29



Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 25 November 2015

Accepted: 26 January 2016