Perhaps because of the ever-changing environment in which they work, I find nurses to be more open to change than other clinicians. In the fast-paced world of nursing, there is no time to become stuck in your ways. Nurses are always looking for ways to make care more effective and efficient on a day-to-day basis. Nurses in leadership positions have a transformative mindset and this inherent adaptability serves them well.
Here at Northwell, we have a number of nursing leadership and training programs, but one of the most important aspects of our curriculum is collaboration. Our nurses are never train in isolation. Interdisciplinary training is essential to knocking down the silos that plague many facets of our industry. Nursing leadership programs help health systems and hospitals attract and retain talent at a time when many providers are struggling to fill jobs. Nurses are attracted to organizations that provide opportunities for growth and development, especially if they see evidence of nurse leaders who have gained influence and stature. At Northwell, nurses lead five of our hospitals and hold several of our key leadership positions, including the chief learning officer of our corporate university.
The role of nurses and nursing leadership development will only grow more pronounced as providers continue to expand beyond the walls of the hospital into outpatient practices. Ambulatory environments tend to be more customer focused than traditional hospitals, attracting patients who are better educated and have higher expectations. That makes it all the more important for providers to recruit, retain and promote high-quality nursing leaders who will help ensure the delivery of high-quality, well-rounded care.
This op-ed appeared in Becker's Hospital Review.