Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Cassandra Taylor


Nurse leaders are essential to the advancement of healthcare because of their ability to bridge the gap of knowledge between clinical practice and the business of healthcare. Developing nurse managers is imperative to the future of nursing given their influential role in healthcare. The central topic of exploration in the project was how nurse managers use the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Manger Inventory Tool to assess their management skills after exposure to the leadership development program currently available to them. In this project, the novice to expert theory was used to evaluate the existing leadership development program at a tertiary care academic medical center with Magnet accreditation within the Midwest. Secondary data from the AONE Nurse Manager Inventory was analyzed with focus on three professional domains: the art, science and leader within. The analysis was used to identify the current program's strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations to increase education for nurse managers in the science domain; specifically in the subcategories of financial and strategic management. Enhanced educational opportunities in financial and strategic management will support the progression of nurse managers' development along the continuum of novice to expert. The implications for social change from this project exist through the creation of new leadership outcome measures supporting Magnet redesignation for this facility and as an example to other organization on their journey of meeting Magnet requirements in nursing leadership development.