New AJN Post: Strong Nursing Management Empowers the Why

My latest blog post for American Journal of Nursing brings light to the incredible nursing management that I and my colleagues are so fortunate to work under. We realize this is not the culture for all nurses, but my hope in writing the article is that it would inspire many nurse managers to consider the ability they have to empower their staff.

“I recently had the opportunity to speak at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) UCLA Chapter 2018 Leadership Symposium, which centered around AACN’s current theme, “Guided by Why.” Along with AACN president Christine Schulman, other nurses and I explored the importance of staying connected to our “Why” in the midst of considerable challenges in and to our profession.

I found myself considering not only my original answer to “Why do I want to become a nurse?” but also “Why do I stay in nursing?” I found that a significant part of my answer to the second question has to do with the managers I am privileged to work under. It is their strong management that continually fuels my underlying “Why.””

To read the full article, click here.

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