CAREER SCOPE: Eleven strategies for building a personal power base
Carol J. Huston MSN, MPA, DPA

Nursing Management
April 2008 
Volume 39  Number 4
Pages 58 - 61
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Huston, Carol J. MSN, MPA, DPA

Issue: Volume 39(4), April 2008, p 58–61 Publication Type: [Department: Career Scope: Pacific Mountain] Publisher: © 2008 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Carol J. Huston is a professor at California State University School of Nursing, Chico, Calif., and president-elect of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing.

Power has gotten a bad rap. Many people think of power as something that corrupts or warps one's personal values or priorities, a view that leads them to avoid creating a personal power base. This perspective is especially true for women, who are often socialized to view power negatively. 1 The reality, however, is that it's almost impossible to achieve organizational or personal goals without an adequate power base. It's even more difficult to help staff, patients, and clients ...

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