A Survey of Current Valued Academic Leadership Qualities in Nursing

Nurs Educ Perspect. Jan-Feb 2016;37(1):10-5.


Aim: An informal survey was used to identify nurse faculty leadership qualities currently valued and relevant.

Background: The accelerating retirement rate for seasoned leaders has created a need for nurse educators and academic leaders. Our school was concerned that we were not meeting students' needs for today's leadership challenges. We were also interested in the experiences of leadership preparation.

Method: This was a cross-sectional, online survey of faculty at top nursing schools as determined by US News & World Report.

Findings: The top leadership qualities identified were integrity, communication clarity, and problem-solving ability. Current challenges for leaders were finding qualified faculty, obtaining resources, and team building.

Conclusion: The results may guide curricular adjustments and the transition to a new generation of nurse academic leaders.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Education, Nursing / standards*
  • Faculty, Nursing / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Male
  • Mentors
  • Middle Aged
  • Professional Competence / standards*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States