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Dr. Harriet Feldman is a professor in the Lienhard School of Nursing and currently serving as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Click here for additional information about this editor.

Dr. Martha Greenberg is currently an Associate Professor and Chairperson, Undergraduate Department of Lienhard School of Nursing. For additional information about her please click here

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Faculty Bookself: Making Nurse Leaders by Harriet R. Feldman, Dean, and Professor, and Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, Nursing

All nurses are leaders. Nurses lead patients, families, groups, communities, committees, organizations—all highly challenging and demanding in our complex health care environment. While there seems little time for leadership development, essential leadership skills are in great demand. Our new book Educating Nurses for Leadership (Springer, 2005) fills a void in education for preparing future leaders.

The Leadership Education Model (LEM), an outgrowth of a two-year grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, was developed by six nurse educators who saw the importance of bringing focus to developing leaders. Key components of the LEM are: (a) integration for application of leadership knowledge and skills; (b) progressive learning to higher level modeling and decision making; (c) the evolving nature of leadership learning; and (d) general systems theory as a conceptual framework. Part I of our book describes the LEM and details the six modules that have been developed—leader as achiever, communicator, critical thinker, expert, mentor, and visionary.

Parts II and III are the result of a call for strategies used to teach nursing students and those in clinical practice how to lead. Part II specifically identifies strategies with an academic focus, for example, classroom and related course exercises. Part III describes strategies with a clinical focus, including clinical experiences that are part of nursing education programs and some for nurses working in practice settings.

While the annotated bibliography at the conclusion of the book describes a number of articles on leadership development strategies, this is the only text of its kind that provides strategies that educators, clinicians, and administrators alike can use for leadership development. We are in an information age that requires our attention and understanding as well as our ability to demonstrate leadership behaviors to navigate diversity and chaos. Further, the environments where nurses work demand that they have well defined leadership roles, are self-directed, self-reflecting, and internally motivated, think critically, multitask effectively, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Educating Nurses for Leadership provides tools to prepare nurses to be effective leaders so that they may advance practice and the profession.


nursing, nurses, leadership, leadership education, Harriet R. Feldman, Martha J. Greenberg