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How Nurse Leaders Can Create Psychological Safety for Staff

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN “When a leader makes the choice to put the safety and lives of the people inside the organization first, to sacrifice their comforts and sacrifice the tangible results, so that the people remain and feel safe and feel like they belong, remarkable things happen.”   Simon Senek Over the past decade in healthcare, …

An 80% BSN Workforce by 2020 – Will We Make It?

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts” ……Daniel Patrick Moynihan The Future of Nursing report was issued by the Institute of Medicine in December of 2010.  The report has 8 recommendations.  Recommendation 4 is to increase the proportion of nurses with …

How to Have that Crucial Conversation

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN  When I talk to nurse leaders about books that they would recommend to new leaders, one that is high on the list is the book Crucial Conversations.  I have noticed it on the bookshelves of so many leader office that I have visited.  One nurse leader  referred to the book as her leadership bible.  I just seem …

Becoming More Savvy with Organizational Politics

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN I recently had a conversation with a nurse leader who told me proudly that “she did not participate in organizational politics.”  I was reminded of something a wise mentor told me at the beginning of my career which was that “the game you are watching in an organization is not always the game being …

When Leaders Don’t Model the Way

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN Knowing that I spent 25 years in nursing leadership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, many of my colleagues are interested in my thoughts about the current scandals involving wait times, cover-ups and performance bonuses.  For a number of years now, I have heard my former colleagues talk about the challenges …

Why Feedback Fails

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN “Good feedback is hard to come by.  It is difficult to give, difficult to elicit and difficult to receive”.   Sylvia Ann Hewlitt If you ask any nursing leader about challenging parts of the role, the issue of having to give negative performance feedback is high on the list of least favorite leadership …

C-Suite Competencies in an Era of Health Reform

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN Many young nurse leaders aspire to executive roles in health care and wonder what key competencies they will be expected to have in this changing health care environment.  A study released in April 2014 by the American Hospital Association titled Building  Leadership Team for the Health Care Organization of the Future …