Definitions of Leadership & Management in Nursing

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Definitions of Leadership & Management in Nursing
Nursing management can be a tough but rewarding career choice. (nurse on duty image by Pix by Marti from

According to Barbara MacKoff, author of "Nurse Manager Engagement," the ageing of the Baby-boomer population has led to a substantial increase in the pursuit of medical careers as of 2010. Becoming a nurse manager means more than mastering the daily tasks of most nurses; leadership qualities are also key.

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Management in nursing refers to the responsibility for supervision, and sometimes education, of subordinate nurses, often in the context of a functioning health care facility. Managers often have advanced training or nursing degrees, and tend to be Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Nurse Practitioners (LNPs).


Leadership in nursing is more complex than just being a manager. It means guiding and coaching subordinate nurses, as well as increasing positive patient outcomes. Good nurse leaders must know how to motivate staff to enhance the quality of care given, as well as take control during medical crises.


If you are considering an advanced position in nursing, think about whether you have the necessary credentials and qualifications. Going back to school for additional training will likely be necessary. Personal attributes that allow you to empathise with patients and employees, while at the same time direct day-to-day facility operations, are also essential.

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