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Someone’s Been Sitting in My Chair: Leadership Lessons from the Three Bears

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      Despite consistent turnover in health care chief executive officer (CEO) and president positions, nurse leaders remain a minority in these roles. Nurses have served as heads of hospitals for hundreds of years, dating back to the days of Florence Nightingale. Evidence demonstrates the critical impact of nurse leaders in improving clinical and organizational outcomes, as well as the portability of their knowledge and skills into these positions. In order to increase the percentage of nurses in CEO and president roles, nurse leaders, researchers, academicians, and professional organizations will need to galvanize behind an intentional, structured, and unified strategy.
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      Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, FAAN, is a President at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]