Nurse Executive: The Four Principles of Management

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Springer Publishing Company, Mar 10, 2008 - Medical - 274 pages
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This book takes insights drawn from the Executive Nurse Fellows program established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote the idea of leadership development as an empowering force among nurses at ALL levels. It is intended as both a guide for professionals; leaders in schools of nursing, hospitals and other health care delivery systems, ambulatory care, long-term care, public and occupational health, and public policy, and as a text in leadership courses for students at master's level and beyond. It presents the core competencies developed by the RWJ Nurse Fellows program--i.e. interpersonal and communication effectiveness, risk-taking and creativity, self-knowledge, inspiring and leading change, and strategic vision--as the keys to nursing leadership.

The book is organized around the program's "leadership compass," a method used in leadership skill development. The four points of that compass are:

  • Purpose: the vision to lead
  • People: the passion to work with others
  • Process: the skills to manage change
  • Personal: the self-knowledge to thrive

For each of these four points, the contributors (all graduates of the RWJ program) explore related competencies in each of three sections of the book: issues in public health, education, and service. The chapters reflect real-world experiences and are built around case studies that highlight one or two of the competencies.


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Part II Issues in Public Health
Part III Leadership in the Education Industry
Part IV Leadership in the Service Industry

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Linda Thompson Adams, DrPH, RN, FAAN, is the Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing at Oakland University. Dr. Thompson Adams brings over twenty years of academic and administrative experience in significant leadership positions. Prior to joining Oakland University she was the Associate Dean for Policy, Planning & Workforce Development at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and served concurrently as Director of the Center for Community Partnerships for Children and Families. Previous to that post, Governor Parris Glendening of Maryland appointed her as Special Secretary of the Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families. She served as Director of the City of Baltimore's Office of Occupational Medicine and Safety-a Cabinet-level position under Mayor Kurt Schmoke. In addition, she has held administrative and teaching positions at the University of Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University, Coppin State College, and Hampton University in Virginia.

Edward O'Neil, PhD, MPA, is Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also serves as Co-Director of the Center for the Health Professions, a research, advocacy and training institute created to stimulate change in health professions education. Since 1989, Dr. O'Neil has been the Executive Director of the Pew Health Professions Commission, which he started as a way of elevating health professional education and health workforce issues in the debate on national health care reform.

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