A continued investment in nursing leadership development across all levels—executives, managers and front-line staff—is necessary in an increasingly complex and demanding workplace. This article explores various leadership trends and development programs for nurses at all levels. The authors collected two types of data; a telephone survey of 27 health care leaders and a written survey of 54 chief nursing leaders were conducted to evaluate differences in perceptions of leadership needs. Additionally, an environmental scan of leadership and management development programs occurred. This produced 42 programs selected for more extensive review based on name recognition, reputation for quality and length of time the program was offered.
As the health care system confronts the need to change and adapt in the new century, leadership is required throughout the entire organization. These authors argue that the nursing progression is best situated to take on the challenge.