It's Time to Expect More: Developing Leadership Skills at all Levels (227)

11:30 am–12:30 pm Saturday, September 7

Leadership in pediatric hematology-oncology nursing can be found in many capacities. Nurses are leaders at the bedside, in a charge nurse role, in evidence-based practice and other unit-based projects, in provider roles, in manager and director roles, etc. Nurses in this field tend to be motivated to move the profession forward, and it is important that those who aspire to “lead” in any of these roles be given the tools to be successful.

Orientation programs tend to focus on new graduate orientation as well as orientation to a new setting for those nurses with experience who begin a new direct care role in a different place of employment. Those who move into “leadership” roles tend to be promoted because of their strong performance in a clinical role. But who prepares them for success as a leader? And what does success look like? What are the characteristics that staff look for in their leader? What skills are needed to be a successful leader? The nursing workforce is aging, and it is important that younger nurses in the field are mentored to grow into leadership roles within this specialty. Health care, in general, is experiencing ongoing change, the field of pediatric oncology is expanding rapidly with new and innovative treatment strategies, and expectations are different by generation for up to 5 different generations in the current workforce. Three experienced pediatric hematology-oncology nursing leaders from different organizations around the country will discuss the need for leadership development in our specialty. The characteristics of a successful leader and the required skills will be explored, and the audience will be actively engaged in validating these critical characteristics. A toolkit of growth opportunities will be proposed for nurses at various levels in their career who have an interest in growing into a leadership role.