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The Rapidly Evolving Role of Nurse Executives
Hospitals & Health Networks

Health care’s rapid changes and growing complexity necessitate that all care providers collaborate and maximize their efficiency as never before, and few health care professionals understand that better than nurses. As their leaders on the front lines of patient care, system chief nurse executives and hospital chief nursing officers bring a unique — and increasingly valuable — perspective from which to champion these efforts, from the bedside to the top of the leadership ladder.

“We are the most trusted profession, responsible for the total care of the patient; we are the conveners,” says Maureen Swick, R.N., CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and senior vice president and CNO of the American Hospital Association. “The system CNE must look at all required competencies across the care continuum, particularly in ambulatory settings, to manage population health.”