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Nursing Leadership Lessons from the Market Basket Story

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN Our readers who live in New England are probably very familiar with the story of the grocery chain Market Basket headquartered in Massachusetts with 71 stores and 25,000 employees throughout New England.  Market Basket is a privately held family-owned company.   A long-standing and very complex family feud led to …

The Nursing Leadership Development Dilemma

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN Many times in this blog, I have talked about the importance of succession planning and growing our future nurse leaders.  But what if those emerging nurse leaders are never given the opportunity to take charge or lead others on their units.  How can they gain leadership experience without an opportunity to lead?  …

The Experience Bias in Nursing Leadership

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN We usually think of leadership experience as a strength when leading people, making decisions or initiating new projects.  But there is a flip side to having a great deal of experience in that it can bias your thinking when innovating or dealing with new challenges.  Over time as a leader as you confront similar situations, …

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”, …