How gender, generations can impact nurse leadership

March 23, 2017

OnCourse Learning leader will present study findings to nurse execs at AONE 2017

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Identifying and growing future nurse leaders in a healthcare organization is an ongoing goal for nursing executives to ensure proper succession planning and the fulfillment of key nursing roles.

On March 31, Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Vice President of CE Programming for OnCourse Learning, will present research on two key determinants of leadership development — gender and generations — at the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ annual meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Mensik and fellow researcher Lesly Kelly, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at Arizona State University, will present findings from “Exploring Nursing Leadership Across Gender and Generations,” their study of 448 nurse leaders across the state of Arizona.

“Differences between gender and generations are important to recognize, but they are not always what we assume them to be,” Mensik said. ”I would encourage nurse executives to talk to their leaders to understand each one as a unique individual.”

The presentation is among AONE’s “Ignite Research” portion of the event to be held from 10:15-11:15 a.m. March 31. The session, which is part of the AONE’s 50th anniversary celebration this year, will focus on various nurse leadership research projects from around the country.

Mensik said the purpose of the study was to describe and analyze the predictors of professional identity and career commitment in nurse leadership.

Among the study findings was that females entered the profession approximately one year earlier than males, but moved into leadership roles at an average of 7.2 years. Men, on the other hand, advanced into leadership in an average of 4.4 years.

Mensik and Kelly also will discuss their findings that nurse leaders from Generation X entered the profession later than any of the four generations studied.

To obtain a copy of the presentation, contact Mensik at

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