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Using Staff Feedback to Improve Your Leadership

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN Leadership expert Ken Blanchard has described feedback as the breakfast of champions but many nurse leaders will tell you that it can be difficult to swallow.  I was recently talking with a leader who told me that staff had reported on a recent satisfaction survey that she had become almost invisible on the unit.  …

The Cost of Nurse Leader Turnover

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN I was recently talking with an international nurse leader who told me about the high rate of what he described as “leadership churn” in his country’s national health system.  He feels that based on his recent research, it is coming at a significant cost relative to the work environment, nurse perceptions …

Making Your Career Goals Known

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN I was recently talking with a former student who expressed frustration because her organization was going to an outside recruitment firm to recruit for a position that she is interested in applying for.  Evidently, the senior leadership has indicated that there are no internal candidates.  I asked her to tell me how …

What is Happening with RN Retirements?

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN For years, we have been hearing that Registered Nurses are delaying employment.  Nurse leaders have noted that their staff seem to aging in place.  Retirement delays have been attributed to the challenges that new graduates are having finding employment.  We now have data with a study published this month in Health …

Risk Taking in Nursing Leadership

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”   Eleanor Roosevelt By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN A nurse leader recently talked with me about some of her challenges in her organization.  “My nurse leaders are very risk adverse…….they want the evidence for every new innovation and sometimes there just isn’t any”, …

Rethinking our Sacred Cows in Nursing

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN I was reminded this week of how difficult it can be to challenge our “sacred cows” in nursing.  These are ideas or practice that we have held or done for so long that they often go unquestioned.  We have seen with evidence-based practice that we have challenged some of our clinical sacred cows such as …

When a Staff Member Resigns

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN I recently had a former employee of mine call me for advice.  He was leaving his position and unsure of how much notice to give.  I asked him what he thought would be reasonable. He replied, “the problem is that I would really like to give a month’s notice but my boss acts out every time someone leaves …

Today’s Registered Nursing Workforce

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN This past week, I had the opportunity to do a webinar on Nurse.com related to the US Healthcare Workforce providing advice on what nurses should think about as they plan their future careers.  In preparing for this program and reviewing the most recent data available,  I learned a great deal about our nursing workforce. …