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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. …

How the World Sees You

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN A young nurse leader new to her position recently asked me who she should emulate in her role.  While there are many great leader role models, what ultimately makes a great leader is the ability to be an  authentic person.  As I explained to this young leader, you will be at your best when you are able to leverage …

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 …