Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 23(4) February 2011 : 22-27.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2011.22138
Invited Essay

Clinician Executives: A New Breed of Leader

Judith Shamian

The face of the healthcare CEO has been changing over the past decade, during which we have seen the emergence of a new breed in upper management, the clinician executive. These are healthcare professionals who have often held previous leadership positions, such as chief nursing officer or VP of medicine, and whose career path has seen them progress towards the top job in their organization.



Stephen Crotty wrote:

Posted 2011/04/14 at 11:44 AM EDT

Fantastic article and highly encouraging to read as a student. This type of approach to nursing leadership makes it acceptable for nurses to have aspirations about improving healthcare, without being judgement. Nurses have the highest proximity to patients, 24/7 they are at the bedside. We see and learn a lot, and nurse that choose to take management, educator, or directors positions should be supported. They need to be able to develop critical administrative skills, while keeping connected to patient care. Being able to write a policy and balance a budget are important, however, when those become your primary skillset you forget what the rounding up and down does to clinicians. I hope to one day be a healthcare executive, and more importantly I hope I'm able to retain some connection to the bedside. Any day providing patient care, no matter how frustrating, is much more rewarding than administrative work. Don't get me wrong administrative work is critical, but it is the connection to people that drives my passion for this area.


Kakoli Halder wrote:

Posted 2012/04/21 at 08:38 AM EDT

I am a member of your website. My question is what type of leadership is required in nursing?
Thanks and best regards
Kakoli Halder


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