Today in Nursing Leadership

Where the most meaningful discussions for nurse leaders happen.

A podcast from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership

Success for leaders means staying one step ahead. Tune into Today in Nursing Leadership for monthly conversations with nursing leadership experts, featuring information, insights and innovations that drive change and provoke action. In each episode, hear from experts highlighting challenges facing nurse leaders today and how to navigate these for success.

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Latest Episodes 

Protecting Our Nurses: Leveraging Internal Experts To Prevent Assaults

July 15, 2024

Learn about how nurse leaders partnered with an interprofessional team of internal experts to reduce assaults on nursing staff through an interprofessional, proactive rounding team. The team was comprised of mental health consultants, security and geriatric resource nurses.  Nurses and leaders can learn how to leverage internal experts to deploy crucial support to the bedside for nursing in the care of patients with challenging behaviors.

Building a Culture of Inquiry & Leadership: An International Collaboration

July 1, 2024

Collaborative partnerships have great potential to create long-lasting influential changes within the global healthcare environment. A U.S. academic-medical partnership established a joint venture with two international healthcare systems to build a culture of clinical inquiry, nurture clinician resiliency and empowerment, and advance nursing leadership. The success of this program supports an approach for developing a culture of EBP that includes key leadership engagement strategies.

Transforming Safety, Quality and Experience by Modernizing Patient Education and Engagement Across the Patient Journey

June 24, 2024

The missing link in helping nurses save time, reduce costs, improve patient/provider experience is actually focusing on improving patient education. By keeping pace with technological advancements such as cloud based platforms and availing more modern content rooted in the science of microlearning patients can go much deeper in understanding their condition, preparing for their procedure or visit and discharge, all from their home, before they arrive, leading to enormous time savings and better quality of care. When patients are informed, ahead of care delivery they feel better, they are more engaged, and become a true partner in their care journey. Learn how a consumer-oriented enterprise cloud-based strategy for patient education and engagement, with private content streaming and algorithmic, intelligent engagement, can transform care delivery. This episode is sponsored by Mytonomy

Driving Innovation in Nursing: Harnessing Technology for Better Patient Care

June 17, 2024

Nurse leaders are at the frontline of healthcare. Every day, they face the challenges posed by resource constraints, the need to deliver on value-based performance metrics, and difficulties recruiting and retaining nurses. A good onboarding program is key to responding to all those challenges. Tune in to this episode to learn more about how Laerdal Medical is partnering with hospitals and health systems in a data-driven approach to improving patient outcomes and staff satisfaction. This episode is sponsored by Laerdal.

Maximizing the Value of Your Technology to Unlock Patient-Centric Care 

June 10, 2024

This podcast will highlight the importance of measuring the adoption and utilization of point of care medication management technologies and the associated benefits. In practice, various challenges such as staff turnover may contribute to a drop in utilization of the various features and functionality available within technology. This unique relationship between a vendor and a health system highlights the value of an ongoing partnership and data-driven performance optimization. This episode is sponsored by Omnicell

Higher Education's Role in Diversifying the Nursing Workforce

June 3, 2024

Dr. Juliet Kolde and Dr. Jimmy Reyes discuss Nightingale Education Group’s efforts in diversifying the nursing workforce and closing health equity gaps. They highlight challenges with using NCLEX first-time pass rates as a measure of nursing quality, leading to the development of rigorous admission standards and washout programs while talking about Nightingale Education Group’s innovative strategies, including access to education, wraparound student services, and NCLEX coaching to support learners from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. This episode is sponsored by Nightingale Education Group.

Using AI to Help Solve Today’s Nursing Challenges

May 20, 2024

Nursing is one of the biggest challenges for organizations. From staffing shortages to burnout, and rising labor costs, we’ll explore how using AI can help organizations solve today’s nursing challenges. This episode is sponsored by Nuance, a Microsoft company.

How International Direct-Hire Can Enable a Return to Growth for Hospital Systems

May 14, 2024

With the pandemic in the rear-view mirror, hospitals are ramping up growth efforts, adding beds, launching new specialties, and expanding services. However, a persistent challenge remains: securing a sustainable nursing staff amidst a projected shortage of over 600,000 nurses by 2030. This podcast offers guidance for hospitals grappling with nurse staffing issues, including analyzing near- and mid-term needs, considering attrition and retirements, exploring the option of hiring international nurses, and selecting the right partner for successful implementation of such a program. This episode is sponsored by PRS Global.

Researching the Healing Power of Storytelling in Nursing Practice

May 6, 2024

In response to COVID, our 12-hospital healthcare system initiated storytelling events for healthcare workers to assist in healing from trauma. These events foster connections through the shared lived experiences of teams and inspire hope for the future. Within a year, our health system organized 6 in-person events, 4 online watch parties, and featured more than 30 healthcare storytellers across Washington state. We then analyzed the transformative power of storytelling in our healthcare teams.

The Power of Human and Machine: Fuel for the Future Workforce

April 29, 2024

Discover how expert nursing knowledge and academic partnerships fueled by machine learning led to the creation of an advanced workforce management tool used to deploy coveted nursing resources to the right place at the right time leading to increased accuracy in predicting staffing needs up to 21 days in advance across a sixteen-hospital academic health system. This episode is sponsored by Nuance, a Microsoft company. Explore a vision for nursing at


Empowering Nurses: How Professional Governance Transformed a Culture

February 26, 2024

Common challenges in health care today include decreased nurse retention, patient satisfaction, quality of care, system outcomes and nurse engagement. Learn how executive nurse leaders in a critical access hospital and ambulatory clinics collaborated with clinical nurses to implement a professional governance model that positively influenced key outcomes. The model prioritized nurse autonomy and a just culture that provided a positive practice environment for all team members.

A Revolutionary Interprofessional Collaborative Care Delivery Model

January 22, 2024

The time is now to revolutionize care delivery at the bedside. Come inspire to think differently. Learn how a large academic hospital transformed through an interprofessional, innovative approach. Patient quality, safety, experience, and decreasing turnover have been positively impacted after a successful launch of the new model. Learn how to work with existing resources, elevate practice to the highest level, and produce high quality outcomes while attracting and retaining team members!

Building Resilience Together: Peer Lead Approach to Nurse Manager Wellness

December 18, 2023

This session will describe the approach that a nurse manager took in response to signs of burnout and a lack of well-being among their peers. A nurse manager wellness program was established to strengthen team relations, provide sustainable strategies for self-care and reduce turnover risk. This simple and sustainable program received positive feedback from nurse managers in the organization and can be easily translated to any practice setting or applied to groups outside of nurse managers.

Improving Ambulatory Outcomes: A CNO, CNS, Educator & Nurse Scientist Team

December 4, 2023

Using a panel discussion format, this session will describe the improved nursing and patient outcomes associated with a synergistic ambulatory leadership team, including a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Staff Development Specialist/Educator (SDS/Educator), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and Nurse Scientist (NS). Professional roles, associated nurse and patient outcomes, and critical team interactions will be examined, with plenty of time left for questions.

Gratitude to Cultivate Joy in Work for Nurse Leaders

August 28, 2023

Compassion fatigue contributes to role dissatisfaction, turnover, low morale and engagement, safety and satisfaction concerns. Within the past 2 years, this institution’s nurse leader turnover was over 50%. Nurse leaders performed a daily gratitude exercise, experiencing statistically significant results-80% had an increase in compassion satisfaction and turnover decreased to 3.4%. Gratitude is beneficial in increasing compassion satisfaction and decreasing turnover in this population.

A Culture of Inquiry

November 6, 2023

In alignment with American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) strategic initiatives, the AONL Workforce Committee and subcommittees identified best practices and innovations to help strategize and manage the complexities of the nursing workforce. The goal of the AONL Workforce Compendium is to bring these best practices and innovations together to be shared widely, to support and empower nurse leaders in attaining, retaining, and sustaining environments where nurses want to work and feel like they belong.

Professional Governance and the Role of the Chief Nurse Executive

October 23, 2023

The Chief Nursing Officer sets the vision for professional practice recognizing they are leading peers, and setting the context of collaboration and respect. Hear from a System Chief Nurse Executive what the role of the CNO is in fostering professional governance as a way to actually exercise that accountability for practice quality, knowledge, and competence of professional nurses.

The Impact of a Professional Governance President and Council Chair

October 9, 2023

Clinical nurses are at the core of professional governance and their understanding of professional practice and leadership in professional governance is essential. Hear from two clinical nurses who have served as presidents of their professional governance organization as they reflect on the role of the clinical nurse in leading the profession of nursing, taking ownership and accountability.

Nursing Leadership Behaviors in Professional Governance

September 25, 2023

Leadership is an essential component of successful professional governance. This podcast with two leadership experts discusses leadership behaviors necessary for nurses to have ownership and accountability for nursing practice. While shared governance focused more on structure, professional governance is grounded in the leadership needed by individual nurses through the highest levels of executive practice, leading peers through professional governance structures as well as taking accountability in individual nursing practice.

Foundations of Professional Governance

September 11, 2023

There is a shift happening in the profession of nursing from the historic shared governance to professional governance. This conversation with two experts on professional governance discusses the foundations of professional governance, where it's going, why it's important in the future and how it differs from shared governance. Professional governance reminds nurses of the authentic power they have been given as professionals to determine nursing practice.

Evidence-Based Mentorship Program for New Nursing Managers

August 28, 2023

Evidence suggests mentorship increases nurse manager competencies, self-efficacy, engagement, and safety outcomes. Yet less than 7% have formal mentorship programs, and many are promoted based on clinical success rather than leadership ability. 60% or more have less than four years’ experience and are leaving positions within two years. Consider the cost of learning through trial & error for a nurse manager vs providing the proper framework, tools, and ongoing support to remain effective.

"You May Be on to Something": A New Model for Frontline Nursing Leadership

August 14, 2023

The role of the front-line nurse leader is one of the most difficult and expansive in health care. Learn how one health system is realigning leadership roles to support the critical nature of the nurse leader leading to more meaningful work, while simultaneously creating opportunities for entry level non-clinical leadership to support the work of nurses to create an inclusive and collaborative work environment.

Creating a Path to the BSN: A Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

July 31, 2023

Associate nurse graduates can often find themselves locked out of employment. In this panel discussion, learn more about disparities in opportunities for nursing students who are not advantaged by race or socioeconomic status with regard to nursing education and employment; and how Beth Israel, Deaconess Medical Center recognized this and came up with an innovative solution to address the issue.

Collaboration with Rural Partners: Taking Care of the Region

July 24, 2023

Healthcare in a rural setting is very challenging. With limited resources, including staff, equipment, and supplies, many organizations are struggling to stay open. There is an option that can help - a strong relationship with a regional partner. This session will provide details on how the regional partner can help ensure success by introducing methods used to collaborate, including educational support, clinical touchpoints, and routine meetings. This podcast is brought to you by Teledoc.

Virtual Nursing - The Future of Compassionate Care is Here

July 17, 2023

Improving nursing engagement while struggling with staffing shortages, burnout, and unbalanced ratios of novice to experienced nurses can seem overwhelming. Then add the COVID-19 challenges. Determined to be innovative despite hardship, our team created a new model to provide compassionate bedside nursing, virtually. The outcomes were and continue to be impressive. We improved both patient experience and nursing satisfaction. You are invited to learn about our win-win virtual nurse care model. This podcast is sponsored by Teledoc.

Rise from the Ashes of a Pandemic: Changing Care Models, Changing Cultures

July 10, 2023

Rise up from the ashes of the pandemic to create a sustainable future of the nursing workforce. This session will explain strategies to implement an effective care model that will change the culture of nursing departments and organizations to one of inclusiveness, teamwork, and support. Implementing this care model will help leaders deliver on quality outcomes, improve nursing engagement and patient satisfaction, decrease vacancy rates and turnover, and reduce agency spend. This podcast is brought to you by Teledoc.

Improve Safety through Acuity-Based Scheduling and Data-Driven Patient Assignments

June 26, 2023

Improve safety through acuity-based staffing and data-driven patient assignments. Across the country we have seen nurses going on strike or just begging for safe working conditions and many hospitals are struggling to deliver because there just aren’t enough nurses.  Clinical Science helps ensure workloads are safe and realistic and gives leaders insight into where support is needed most while also supporting smart nurse-patient assignments. This podcast is sponsored by InforLearn more.

Building Partnerships to Transform Health Care

June 19, 2023

Nursing leaders can create valuable partnerships to help achieve their goals for innovation and change in health care. We discuss how to become innovation ready (ideas as seeds, fertile ground, ideas to grow) by supporting our nurses in a more intentional way. In leveraging the full capabilities and resources of key partners where goals are aligned and cultivating a healthy environment where nurses feel safe and heard, innovation can yield a simpler, better, more value add experience for both patient and caregiver. This podcast is sponsored by B BraunLearn more.

Empowering Nurses through Innovation: Optimized Workflows for Medication Administration

June 12, 2023

Since their debut, Automated Dispensing Cabinets have evolved to meet the challenges of medication management, but keeping pace with technological advances can be a challenge for organizations. Now more than ever, nurses need optimized workflows. Learn how an as-a-Service model can transform medication management through collaboration and innovation. Kristine Shepherd, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Consultant for Omnicell, and Jackie Smith, Principal Product Designer at Omnicell, share their perspectives.  This podcast is sponsored by OmnicellLearn more.

Dynamic Staffing

June 5, 2023

With labor and supply chain costs soaring, the need for workflow efficiencies that support a dynamic staffing model are more important than ever. During this episode, Corrie Halas and Samantha Glennon, two of UKG’s Regional Nurse Executives, will discuss how organizations are becoming more innovative in order to provide dynamic real-time staffing with the support of technology. Learn how self-scheduling and shift swapping can be performed on the UKG’s mobile app and how these tools support the individual practitioner to be flexible and fully aware of the care demands across their organization. This podcast is sponsored by UKGLearn more.

Creating a Post-Pandemic Positive Practice Environment

April 17, 2023

This podcast explores how nurse leaders can foster a healthy nursing workplace environment where leaders can grow and thrive: Be well, be safe and stay well. Learn more.

Supporting Frontline Nurse Managers with Recruitment and Retention

April 3, 2023

Frontline Nurse managers have become the “shock absorbers’ for their staff during the pandemic. To give them better tools and support their work, this podcast looks at a redesign of the frontline nursing model; how individual nurse managers can be empowered and supported; and how a centralization of nurse staffing and scheduling can help. Learn more.

Talent Attraction and Acquisition

March 20, 2023

A discussion of the process to find the right nurse applicants and how to expedite. This conversation looks at the issue from three phases: how to attract and identify the appropriate candidates; submission of applicants, conducting interviews, offering the positions and getting acceptance; and the pre-board and onboarding processes. Learn more.

Meaning and Joy in Nurse Manager Practice – Keys to Leader Fulfillment

December 12, 2022

Nurse managers are at a crossroads and need our support. Explore strategies to bring meaning and joy in nursing manager practice through five themes: to mentor and be mentored, to focus on the patient, to create and cultivate environments, to be optimistic, and to be empowered by leaders. Learn more.

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