Effects of Leader Empowerment: Implementing a Frontline Nurse Leadership Council


      Nursing governance councils lead to improved nurse empowerment; however, it is unknown whether using a similar structure for nurse leaders results in similar outcomes. We implemented a frontline nurse leader council to evaluate the impact on the nurse leader’s empowerment and confidence. Members were surveyed before and after the initiation of the council on empowerment and leader efficacy. No statistically significant improvements were noted. However, scores improved on the Conditions for Work Effectiveness Questionnaire – II Global Empowerment and the Leader Efficacy Questionnaire Leader Means Efficacy. There were no statistically significant improvements pre- and post-survey; however, participants expressed optimism for culture improvement.
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      Cherie Stagg, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is the Chief Nurse Executive at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville in Vacaville, California. She can be reached at [email protected] Barbara Turner, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an Elizabeth P. Hanes Distinguished Professor at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina. Elizabeth Bigby, DNP, RN, CENP, is the Nursing Operations Director and Jan Jensen, MHEd, is an Organizational Development Leader at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville.