Preparing pediatric nurse leaders for practice

Susan K O'Conner-Von, Wendy S Looman, Linda L. Lindeke, Ann E Garwick, Barbara Leonard

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Abstract

The growing prevalence of chronic conditions in childhood underscores the urgent need to educate pediatric nurse leaders to address the complex issues these children and families face. This article describes a model of graduate education for preparing pediatric nurse leaders who are equipped to manage and advocate for these children and families. Fifty-one master's prepared graduates completed a Strategic Plan Needs Assessment Survey in 2007 and were asked to indicate specific clinical and leadership competencies that they perceived were essential for pediatric nurse leaders in their areas of practice. Results revealed the highest priority for continuing education and outreach regarding pediatric health to be clinical updates and management of children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN), followed by health promotion for CSHCN and care coordination/case management. The highest priority for continuing education and outreach regarding leadership in pediatrics was evidence-based practice, followed by team care/interdisciplinary practice. The challenge for current nurse leaders is to be cognizant of the urgent need to prepare and retain future pediatric nurse leaders who are experts in the care of CSHCN and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-77
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Administration Quarterly
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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Continuing Education
Delivery of Health Care
Graduate Education
Pediatrics
Clinical Competence
Needs Assessment
Evidence-Based Practice
Case Management
Child Care
Health Promotion
Nurses
Pediatric Nurses
Health
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Children with special health care needs
  • Pediatric nurse leaders

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Preparing pediatric nurse leaders for practice. / O'Conner-Von, Susan K; Looman, Wendy S; Lindeke, Linda L.; Garwick, Ann E; Leonard, Barbara.

In: Nursing Administration Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 1, 01.01.2009, p. 73-77.

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