Essential Skills for Nurse Managers

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Essential Skills for Nurse Managers

Shelley Cohen, RN, MSN, CEN
Sharon Cox, MSN, RN

Essential Skills for Nurse Managers is an indispensable resource for nurse managers, one they will turn to time and time again over many years.

Nurse management experts Shelley Cohen and Sharon Cox have created a resource that can be used by new or experienced nurse managers who seek guidance on all aspects of nursing management, from interviewing staff to writing strategic plans. The book can be read cover-to-cover or used as a quick reference guide. It is ideal for orientation for new nurse managers or ongoing education for more experienced managers.

In Essential Skills for Nurse Managers, novice and experienced nurse managers alike will find the proven strategies, tools, and resources they need to excel as nurse leaders. The book provides downloadable forms and tools on all the key topics that enable the manager to immediately incorporate the strategies and techniques in the book into practice.


  • Practical and authoritative, with actionable advice and examples drawn from the authors’ decades of experience
  • Includes 24 chapters covering the essentials, including structuring effective meetings; staff delegation, motivation, and empowerment; budgeting; promoting professional development, and techniques for promoting a culture of safety and quality
  • Library of useful forms, tools, and scripting examples to support the professional development of nurse managers
  • Written by two recognized experts in the field of nursing management, Shelley Cohen, RN, MSN, CEN, and Sharon Cox, MSN, RN

Table of Contents:

Section 1: You Have to Start Somewhere

            Chapter 1: Leadership

            Chapter 2: Team Building

            Chapter 3: Time Management

            Chapter 4: The Interviewing and Hiring Process

            Chapter 5: Onboarding Staff With Effective Orientation

            Chapter 6: Staff Meeting Opportunities

            Chapter 7: Competency

            Chapter 8: The Dollars and Sense of Management


Section 2: It Will Get Better

            Chapter 9: Creating a Healthy Work Environment

            Chapter 10: Coaching and Communicating Across the Generations

            Chapter 11: Shared Governance

            Chapter 12: Managing Change

            Chapter 13: The Art of Delegation Through Staff Engagement and Ownership

            Chapter 14: Staff Empowerment and Motivation

            Chapter 15: Performance Management

            Chapter 16: Developing and Retaining Staff


Section 3: Trust the Process

            Chapter 17: Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality

            Chapter 18: Conflict Management

            Chapter 19: Balance and Renewal

            Chapter 20: Strategic Planning and Execution

            Chapter 21: The Risk Management and Liability Side of Leadership

            Chapter 22: The Role of Ethics in Management

            Chapter 23: Developing a Business Plan

            Chapter 24: Professional Development


Meet the Authors:

Shelley Cohen, RN, MSN, CEN, is the founder and president of Health Resources Unlimited. She has more than 15 years of experience teaching, mentoring, and coaching critical thinking skills. Cohen is the lead author of HCPro’s Critical Thinking book series and the coauthor of The Image of Nursing: Perspectives on Shaping, Empowering, and Elevating the Nursing Profession; A Practical Guide to Recruitment and Retention: Skills for Nurse Managers; and Core Skills for Nurse Managers: A Training Toolkit, all published by HCPro.

Sharon Cox, MSN, RN, is a nationally known speaker and healthcare consultant with over 40 years’ experience in leadership development and systemwide culture change. She has conducted seminars and consulted with over 500 hospitals in the United States and Canada and has developed a reputation as a thought-provoking and energizing presenter. Prior to founding Cox & Associates, a healthcare training and consulting firm, she held a variety of positions ranging from staff nurse to faculty and administrative roles in academic health centers. Cox is a coauthor of Core Skills for Nurse Managers (published by HCPro) and Nature’s Wisdom in the Workplace.

Continuing Education:

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Published: January 2015

Page count: 320
Dimensions: 8.5x11
ISBN: 978-1-55645-185-0