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In light of our recent conversations on leadership in nursing, and for those of you in the greater Boston area, I encourage you to attend. Please feel free to post other opportunities for nursing leadership in your local area.

The Anatomy of Leadership: Driving Your Nursing Career through Efficacy
Thursday, May 2nd | 8:00–11:30 a.m. (Registration & Breakfast: 8:00–8:30 a.m.)
Location: Global Novations, 200 West Street, 4th Floor, Waltham, MA 02451

This complimentary event is co-provided by: Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education and Global Novations–A Korn/Ferry International Company.

This activity provides 3 contact hours for nurses.

Event overview
The dramatic changes occurring in the healthcare industry offer tremendous opportunities for nurses to take on new responsibilities, assume different roles, and exert more authority in managing patient care. Leadership skills are a critical development area for nurses who want to accelerate their careers.

This event will focus on the leadership skills needed to effectively navigate the quickly changing healthcare industry. The session will introduce strategies and skills for addressing the internal and external obstacles that can derail a meaningful and satisfying healthcare career.

Attendees will have the opportunity to practice building the executive presence and influence skills required for establishing credibility and authority.

 - Discuss the opportunities for your professional development in the changing healthcare industry
 - Assess your current state of readiness for embracing these opportunities
 - Examine a critical requirement needed to further your progress
 - Identify and commit to action steps to advance your career

RSVP if you are: a Chief Nursing Officer or nursing supervisor, a nursing professional seeking career development strategies, or a healthcare industry leader seeking development opportunities for your staff.


Tessa Misiaszek
Vice President, Consulting- Healthcare Practice
Global Novations, A Korn/Ferry Company

Accreditation Statement:
Nurses: Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA. This activity provides 3 contact hours for nurses.

Requirements for successful completion: To receive CE credit, participants must sign-in, attend the entire activity, complete, and submit the activity evaluation provided in syllabus materials. Certificates/statements of credit will be mailed within 4-6 weeks after the activity.

Disclosure: Disclosure information from faculty and all other persons in control of content will be provided to participants prior to the beginning of the educational activity.

Commercial Support & Exhibitors: There is no commercial support for this activity and exhibitors will not be present.

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Replied at 2:53 PM, 13 Apr 2013

This I believe is going to be a very fruitful discussion.
The leadership skills for nurse managers need to be sharpened time and again. In our situation most nurse managers have not received training specifically in the area of leadership and management except as a component that they did as students either in the basic  or post basic training. The other challenge is lack of mentors in the work place. I am wandering of how best can we in the schools of nursing teach management that the student will be able to fit in the health facilities. How best can the facilities train the current nurse managers?

Amungwa Athanasius Nche
Replied at 3:08 PM, 13 Apr 2013

To me this is a very important area of discussion as I see that in our
third world settings most leaders are opportunists who get appointed by a
non criterion-based hierarchy playing what is commonly referred to in my
country Cameroon as man-know-man politics that leaves out the qualified and
competent for the opportuned. I fully agree with Yvonne that nursing
leaders should be trained in the science, art and vocation of nursing
sherpedhood. In this way they would be in a position to provide quality
leadership that fosters nursing performance with good results and to the
satisfaction of clients.

Tess Panizales, MSN, RN
Replied at 2:10 PM, 16 Apr 2013

Leadership is within us - a lot of time in an informal way and unbeknownst to the person. We need to be able to nurture this and provide the opportunity for growth. We offer opportunities as well for helping build management skills, as a student leader, a student ward manager, leading class group work and discussions. We need to immerse our students and our young nurses to activities that will nurture leadership and management.

Nursing is indeed science and an art - let's use the art aspect to be creative in developing avenues that will enhance leadership and management skills. Mentoring our young is a very important strategy as well. If each seasoned nurse will 'push' to mentor a young nurse/year - that will double our future nursing leaders. Leadership is in our heart!

Amungwa Athanasius Nche
Replied at 3:01 PM, 16 Apr 2013

Dear Tess, I am so glad you are talking of this 'inbornness' of leadership
which needs to be nurtured. The only challenge in our third world conutries
is that you may acquire this leadership potentials and nuture them with all
your might but you may not have the power and opporutnity to use the
portential or even if you have it the human and material conditions may not
be conducive. In my country Cameroon, administrative corruption is so
rampant that it is difficulty to have the right nursing leader in
leadership positions simply because Nurses themsleves are not in the higher
rungs of governance in their ministries of health which are monopilized my
medical doctors who prefer higher postions to be held by doctors. This
medical doctor-domincnace and covertiousness has been a thorny phenomenon
in the professional development process in that country. I don't know if
other countries are facing the same problem.

*Amungwa Athanasius Nche*
*Health and Development Certified Training Professional*
*P.O. Box 2157*
*Alakuma, Road-Mankon*
*North West Region *

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Dianne Longson
Replied at 3:15 AM, 17 Apr 2013

I agree that for some leadership is innate but there are also many leaders for whom this is not true. It is also true that sometimes the one who is the formally nominated leader is supported (or sometimes circumvented) by others who are or become informal leaders. Regardless of whether a person has innate leadership skills or otherwise, and whether they are formal or informal leaders, the need to understand more about being a leader and to develop their skills as leaders cannot be overstated. For nurses in Rwanda it is the same as it is in the rest of the world. They rarely receive any educational input about this issue and the need is glaring. In the three Partners In Health supported district hospital sites, we have recognised this need and have been working on the development of a series of Leadership and Management workshops to assist our senior nurses to learn more about this. We are hoping to conduct the first of these sometime in June. However we have not included the opportunity for our participants to discuss what this input may mean for them personally as per the objectives for the Boston event. This is certainly something for us to think about and include if possible. Thanks for the discussion and for the ideas you have provided for our work.

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