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How do I obtain leadership experience?

Angela Adjetey-Appiah, MSN, MPH, MA, RN, FAACM
Director of Oncology Services Exeter Hospital
Special Author for Diversitynursing.com 


Question: How do I obtain leadership experience? 

-Marilyn W.

Answer: 

Dear Marilyn,

Congratulations on your DNP. Leadership experience can be obtained through your internships, daily role at work or through volunteering. Your work as a lead teacher and shift supervisor exemplifies leadership roles. Networking with colleagues and leaders in a specialty you would like to practice in, would help as well.

I will suggest you evaluate your resume/CV.  If you design a CV that describes your accomplishments as a lead teacher and supervisor, I bet you will see how you have demonstrated leadership skills. As an advanced practice nurse/DNP, you will need the skills of a lead teacher and supervisor.  Your role as an NP needs both skills and qualities. It is a good start.

To gain more leadership experience, get involved with your organization committees, councils, practice, performance and quality improvement initiatives. Get involved in your community, volunteer, and mentor. If you do not have one already, seek a mentor or coach in a specialty you would like leadership experience in.

Above all, enjoy the journey to learning. Leadership is an ongoing skill, it is not developed overnight. It takes practice, performing and demonstrations. Also, it includes learning from your success, mistakes, challenges, and failures along the way.

I hope this helps.

Angela

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