Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

School Name

Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences



Major Advisor

Dr. Pam Power

Second Advisor

Dr. Heather Owens


Frontline nurses are faced with a host of responsibilities requiring clinical skills to care for complex, and often, chronically ill patients. Nurses need leadership skills to communicate effectively with the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams they are increasingly required to work alongside. The Institute of Medicine’s recommendation is to prepare bedside nurses with the advanced skills needed to collaborate with others to revolutionize healthcare (Institute of Medicine, 2010). With more than four million nurses in the United States serving a variety of patients and families and levels of need; the urgency for gaining advanced skills has never been greater. We also know that in the longitudinal study conducted from July 2020 through August 2021 by the American Association of Nurse Leaders, researchers found that 36% of Nurse Managers described themselves as “not or not at all emotionally healthy”. Moreover, Weber et al found that more than half of nurse leader participants in their study planned to leave their current positions in less than five years (n=>1800) (Warden et al., 2021). Such data emphasizes the need for succession planning that begins at the bedside where skilled clinicians may consider developing a set of skills that allow them to move successfully into leadership roles. The successful development of nursing leaders demands comprehensive professional development and succession planning so that all nurses may visualize themselves as leaders at the bedside and beyond.

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Nursing Commons