Research focuses on factors facing future nurse leaders

April 13, 2017

OnCourse Learning VP to present study findings April 21 at Western Institute of Nursing event

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — A study to be presented at this month’s Western Institute of Nursing 50th annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference holds answers to help future nurse leaders take the reins when a substantial number of leaders is retired by 2032.

“One third of nursing leaders are preparing to retire in the next 15 years,” said Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, vice president of CE programming for OnCourse Learning. “In surveying more than 400 nurse leaders, our goal was to understand barriers and issues for future leaders.”

Mensik and Lesly Kelly, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at Arizona State University, will discuss their study, “Exploring Nursing Leadership Across Gender and Generations,” April 21 at the WIN conference in Denver.

Mensik and Kelly studied the difference between career commitment and professional identity among generations in 448 nurse leaders in Arizona to gain insight into the issues facing future nurse leaders that will replace those who are retiring.

Among the barriers include:

  • Schedule and work-life flexibility for potential nurse leaders
  • More nurses pursuing nurse practitioner careers instead of nurse leadership
  • Gender and institutional biases

“Our study also looked at gender differences,” Mensik said. “While males make up 10% of the registered nurse workforce, they account for a higher percentage of leaders. In our survey, 17% of nurse leaders were male.”

The research found that females entered the nursing profession about one year earlier than males. However, men advanced into leadership roles nearly three years sooner than their female colleagues.

To obtain a copy of the study, contact Mensik at

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