Nursing Vision: Educational Strategies to Transform Students Into Leaders

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Nursing Vision: Educational Strategies to Transform Students into Leaders Scholarly Evidence reveals that Leadership Skills Taught in Educational Settings Upgrade the Healthcare Field Leadership Competencies Should be Included in Master's Programs for Nurses The thrust of Jonathan Drennan's article is that the masters in nursing should be (and presently is in many cases) linked to leadership training. The master's in nursing is rarely seen as a "pathway to a PhD" today In fact, the "stated outcome" of the masters in nursing is that graduates "will develop leadership and management competencies" (Drennan, 2012). Hence, the number of master's degrees awarded to nurses in the U.S. increased by 150% between 1971 and 2005; in Ireland the number of master's degrees awarded jumped by 170% between 2000 and 2007 (Drennan, 103). By moving the emphasis from patient-centered care to the "broader perspective" of healthcare, the master's teaches leadership (Drennan, 103). Master's education provides: a) leadership capabilities; b) management & teaching roles; c) critical thinking skills; d) enhanced research skills; e) the initiation of "positive change" & advanced specialist skills (Drennan 104). The Positive Impact of Leadership Training The U.S. Institute of Medicine conducted a comprehensive review of nurse education and recommended that "…leadership-related competencies need to be embedded throughout nursing education…" (Drennan, 105). As a result of the great

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