Daytime talk show host Katie Couric recently paid tribute to nurses and the important role they play in their patients’ lives. Her guest, Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), highlighted another critical role of today’s nurses: decision-maker.

“In 2010, a study from the Institute of Medicine reported that nurses are not being used to their full potential,” Mason explained. “This finding is key because it recognizes that we cannot transform healthcare in our country without tapping into the potential of our nurses and the important role they can play at decision-making tables at all levels of healthcare organizations and for all healthcare policies.”

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When choosing a college, there are a lot of factors to consider — cost, location, faculty and student support are among the most important criteria to new students. However, the role of a school’s accreditation status cannot be underestimated. Whether or not a school is accredited is a key indication of the quality of the institution and an assurance to the public of the education it provides.

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Throughout her career, nurse leader Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, watched the most talented and effective nurses advance to the role of nurse managers. Whether it was because they had missed out on business courses, or they lacked nurse role models who had climbed higher, it was in these positions where the career progression of high-achieving nurses often stagnated. READ MORE