Author Archives: Catherine Robinson-Walker

Installing Self-Awareness and Lasting Change

Why is it that sometimes learning sinks in, and sometimes it doesn’t? Many of us receive leadership training, and yet, despite our good intentions, we don’t always integrate its lessons. We can speculate on why—heavy workload, excessive responsibility, insufficient support, … Read more»

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Learning With Spirit and Heart

What a joy it is to write about the treasure that is the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ (AONE’s) tradition of professional excellence. Although this entire issue of Nurse Leader celebrates AONE’s rich 50-year history, it is my honor to focus … Read more»

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This Box is Very Small

Recently, I coached a team of well-respected nurse leaders. We had embarked on a leadership development initiative to increase their effectiveness as individuals and as a group. We were well into a candid review of the team’s concerns and opportunities … Read more»

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Changing the Locus of Power

Nurse leaders never fail to inspire me. In this column, I want to honor Allison, a young leader who is new to her role as Chief Nursing Officer. Allison describes herself as fully committed to patient care and leadership excellence. … Read more»

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A Compassionate Intervention

When Bonnie first started working with me 10 years ago, she had just accepted a new nursing leadership role. She was young and excited about the opportunity, but she was also apprehensive about personal habits that could prevent her from … Read more»

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