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Making the transition: staff nurse to front-line nurse leader

Kari Stevenson-Dykstra
Nursing Leadership 2003, 16 (3): 62-7
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This paper discusses the challenges that staff nurses face when moving into formal Leadership positions. Current transition strategies for nurses are presented, including a critical analysis of organizational and individual factors that enhance or impede the transition to front-line nurse leadership positions. Recommendations outline essential practices, resources available and support networks that enable a smooth transition into these positions. Reflections on the author's personal transition to a front-line nurse leadership position are included.

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