Nurse executive professional development

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As nurses transition from undergraduate programs into clinical practice or from graduate programs into leadership roles, they face a steep learning curve. Research demonstrates that healthcare fellowships encourage professional development, benefit participants, and add value to organizations.1 A survey by the American College of Healthcare Executives found that fellowship participants report increased overall professional confidence, career satisfaction, and professional development.1 In 2012, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) established priorities to support nursing education in response to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report, which offered recommendations to strengthen the nursing profession.2,3
Recognizing the need to support nurses in career transitions and fill the gap in professional development opportunities for nurse executives, our organization developed a nursing administrative fellowship, aligned with the IOM recommendations and the AACN priorities.2-4 The fellowship exposes nurses to hospital administrative personnel and processes under the guidance of preceptors, which gives them a safe place to learn, and aims to provide participants with targeted education designed to prepare them for future leadership roles within healthcare organizations.
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