Top executive nursing roles require clinical skills, business acumen, political savviness, and experience in evidence-based practice implementation. Rising through the ranks is a tried and true mechanism for selecting quality nursing executives. Yet, as the healthcare environment continues to grow in complexity, it is difficult for an aspiring nurse leader to expose him or herself to all the necessary growth opportunities to be able to function as an executive.
Masters degrees in nursing administration have been available for many years, and they provide a foundational exposure to executive leadership. However, in the last decade, Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (ELDNP) programs have grown in popularity. Is the ELDNP, a practice degree, truly essential in developing a modern nurse executive? In a guest editorial by Barry J. and Winter J. in the Journal of Nursing Administration, the answer is an unqualified yes.
Skills Needed By Executive Nurse Leaders
Doctors Barry and Winter provided a nearly comprehensive summary of necessary skills needed for executive leadership. These skills include:
Interpretation of current evidence and its sustained translation into the clinical arena, entrepreneurship, and managing risk are also required experiences for executive leadership.
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