Nursing Leadership was identified as a key priority for the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses (ACEN) at their annual general meeting on 29 April, 2001, in Toronto. The Academy believes there is an urgent need to strengthen Nursing Leadership in Canada. Dr. Mary Ferguson-Pare was charged with the responsibility of leading a task force to develop a background paper on executive nursing leadership. This paper will review Nursing leadership structures and behaviours essential for effective professional nursing and form the basis for recommendations to strengthen Nursing leadership in Canada.

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