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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011, Article ID 164052, 8 pages
Research Article

Charge Nurse Perspectives on Frontline Leadership in Acute Care Environments

1Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road CON 121, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA
2West Boca Medical Center, 21644 State Road 7, Boca Raton, FL 33428, USA
3Tenet Healthcare Corporation, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202, USA

Received 14 July 2011; Accepted 29 August 2011

Academic Editors: M.-A. Choe, M. Engström, and B. Roberts

Copyright © 2011 Rose O. Sherman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A recently issued report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States on the Future of Nursing included a recommendation that nurses should receive leadership development at every level in order to transform the healthcare system. Charge nurses, at the frontline of patient care in acute care settings, are in key positions to lead this change. This paper presents findings from research conducted with nurses in the Tenet Health System. Charge nurses from ten facilities who attended a one-day work shop were surveyed to gain insight into the experience of being a frontline leader in today's acute care environment. The relationship of these findings to the IOM report and the implications for both the Tenet Health System and other healthcare organizations that are working to support nurses who assume these challenging roles are discussed.