Healthcare Executives Tell Nurses How to Claim the Corner Office


Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 11.04.18 AMWhen surveying more than 1,000 hospital boards, the American Hospital Association recently found that a mere 6 percent of board members were nurses.

In their new book — Claiming the Corner Office: Executive Leadership Lessons for Nurses — healthcare executives Connie Curran and Therese Fitzpatrick are offering guidance for those aspiring to obtain these leadership roles.

Claiming the Corner Office is a practical guide for the nurse who aspires to have success beyond the bedside. Throughout their journeys, authors Curran and Fitzpatrick have faced challenges of leading and managing teams, but they’ve learned along the way and have become successful senior nurse executive leaders. With the additional input from several nurse leaders, entrepreneurs, and governance experts, Claiming the Corner Office will provide any nurse with the tools he or she needs to achieve success in a senior executive role at the profit or non-profit organization. Do you have what it takes to claim the corner office?

Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, is CEO of Best on Board, a faculty member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves on the board of directors for Hospira Inc., DeVry Inc., and DePaul University and is former chairman of the board of Silver Cross Hospital. She has served as the editor ofNursing Economic$ for 18 years and has more than 200 publications and several research programs to her credit.

Therese Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, is Executive Vice President of Assay Healthcare Solutions and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing, Department of Health System Sciences. She has served in the roles of Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer in both academic as well as community healthcare systems, including a Top 100 hospital system.