Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 16(3) November 2003 : 62-68.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2003.16341
Ideas in Leadership

Making the Transition: Staff Nurse to Front-Line Nurse Leader

Kari Stevenson-Dykstra


This paper discusses the challenges that staff nurses face when moving into formal leadership positions. Current transition strategies for nurses are presented, including a critical analysis of organizational and individual factors that enhance or impede the transition to front-line nurse leadership positions. Recommendations outline essential practices, resources available and support networks that enable a smooth transition into these positions. Reflections on the author's personal transition to a front-line nurse leadership position are included.



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