The Great Realization

Nurses Are in the Driver’s Seat!
      The postpandemic health care environment has reached a pivotal point requiring transformative change among professional nurses working in health care organizations. This article posits that the nurses at the bedside, the true innovators and influencers, are most able to develop solutions that will be effective in this transformation. Appreciative inquiry is offered as a co-creative and possibility-focused model to guide nurses and nurse leaders through the process of holding on to what is good, dreaming of what can be, and charting the course for their future.
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      Kay Kennedy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, is the Chief Executive Officer at uLeadership, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia and Senior Clinical Instructor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia. She can be reached at [email protected] Lucy Leclerc, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, is the Chief Learning Officer at uLeadership, LLC and is an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts. Susan Campis, MSN, RN, NE-BC is the Chief Health and Wellness Officer at uLeadership, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia.