A journey to leadership: designing a nursing leadership development program

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2009 Mar;40(3):107-12; quiz 113-4, 143. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20090301-02.


Nursing leadership development is important in today's changing health care climate. Nurse leaders affect staff satisfaction, patient outcomes, and the fiscal status of most health care organizations. This article delineates why leadership development is important to nursing, how to strengthen nursing leadership, how to design a methodology for building an internal nursing leadership development program based on levels of curriculum content, and what members of an organization can help teach the curriculum.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Career Mobility*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurse Administrators / education*
  • Professional Competence
  • Program Development / methods*
  • Program Evaluation / methods
  • Staff Development / organization & administration*