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Clinical leadership development and education for nurses: prospects and opportunities

Authors Joseph ML, Huber DL

Received 15 March 2015

Accepted for publication 1 May 2015

Published 22 July 2015 Volume 2015:7 Pages 55—64

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JHL.S68071

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Russell Taichman

M Lindell Joseph, Diane L Huber

College of Nursing, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

Abstract: With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, elevated roles for nurses of care coordinator, clinical nurse leader, and advanced practice registered nurse have come to the forefront. Because change occurs so fast, matching development and education to job requirements is a challenging forecasting endeavor. The purpose of this article is to envision clinical leadership development and education opportunities for three emerging roles. The adoption of a common framework for intentional leadership development is proposed for clinical leadership development across the continuum of care. Solutions of innovation and interdependency are framed as core concepts that serve as an opportunity to better inform clinical leadership development and education. Additionally, strategies are proposed to advance knowledge, skills, and abilities for crucial implementation of improvements and new solutions at the point of care.

Keywords: clinical leadership, nursing leadership, CNL, care coordination, innovation, interdependency

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