Increasing the role of nursing in senior leadership of health care organizations

The culture of health care organizations has a profound impact on a hospital's ability to transform care at the bedside and improve nurse retention. The senior leadership team in a health care organization is a key determinant of the culture. Through this project, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership is sponsoring and coaching a learning collaborative of health care organizations that seeks to improve their organizational performance by improving how senior leaders work as a team. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the focus on nursing within the senior leadership teams. It will: (1) assess the effectiveness of senior leadership teams in 15 organizations participating in the learning collaborative with the intent of enhancing the visibility and importance of nursing leadership and nursing; (2) prepare case study reports and cross-site analysis of strengths and areas for improvement for the senior leadership teams; (3) identify and implement individual and institution-specific interventions in at least three health care organizations to heighten the importance of nursing among interdisciplinary leaders; and (4) measure improvements in individual competencies, team effectiveness, and the climate for nurses, physicians, and administrative leaders. The project will be considered successful if piloted interventions yield a greater understanding of the importance of nursing leadership and nursing in the organization, and lead to improvements in organizational performance affected by nursing.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $380,000.00

Awarded on: 11/18/2005

Time frame: 12/1/2005 - 6/30/2008

Grant Number: 52748


National Center for Healthcare Leadership

1700 West Van Buren Street, Suite 126B
Chicago, 60612-3228


Marie E. Sinioris
Project Director