Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP,RN


Nursing is a dynamic profession. Throughout the history of nursing, leaders have emerged. Some leaders have joined a nursing leadership team to provide care and support to the unit staff and patients. Developing a highly functioning leadership team comes through having a well-developed orientation plan. The nursing leadership team must learn, their roles and expectations from each other. This project explains nursing leadership teams and discusses the development of a new orientation program for the nursing leadership team. A conceptual model of a puzzle is used to describe how nursing leaders bring the ptzzle pieces of leading, caring and relationships together to develop an effective nursing leadership team. When the pieces of a puzzle come together a magnificent masterpiece is formed. An outcome of knowledge, leadership and a trusting relationship among the team is gained.


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