Developing DNP Students as Adaptive Leaders: A Key Strategy in Transforming Health Care

Deborah Kendall-Gallagher, Eileen Breslin

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The success of graduates with a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree in transforming health care will depend significantly on their leadership ability to think strategically, innovate, and engage stakeholders in meaningful system improvement. Known as adaptive work, these graduates will need a portfolio of adaptive leadership skills that prepare them to move health care from a volume-driven to value-based system. This article describes development of a core DNP leadership course in a postmaster's point of entry DNP program at an academic health science center school of nursing. The course, designed as DNP students' initial step on their professional development journey to becoming adaptive leaders capable of driving transformative change, created an alternative lens for students to undertake strategic adaptive change initiatives within themselves and their organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Doctor of nursing practice
  • Education
  • Health care delivery system
  • Leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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