Priorities and challenges of health system chief nursing executives: insights for nursing educators.J Prof Nurs. 2006 Jul-Aug; 22(4):213-20.JP
The health system chief nursing executive (CNE) is responsible for providing high-quality, service-oriented nursing care; delivering such care with disciplined cost management; leading and developing a group of nursing executives and managers at the facility level to establish nursing professional development programs and to build and maintain an effective supply of nurses; and advocating nurses and patients. This article provides insight into the strategies and priorities of large health system CNEs in balancing their obligations to their health systems, to patients and their families, and to the nurses they lead. It is hoped that these insights will provide perspectives that will support the ability of nursing educators to meet their own obligations to their schools of nursing, the faculty and students they represent, and to the profession. These insights will also set a context for further dialogue between two very important groups of nursing leaders-nursing executives and nursing educators.