1. Donner, Gail J. PhD, RN
  2. Wheeler, Mary M. MEd, RN
  3. Waddell, Janice MA, RN


The conventional wisdom has been that career coaching is an important part of the nurse manager's role. In the current stressful healthcare environment, nurse managers seem more than ever in need of direction in this area. This paper examines the nurse manager's traditional role as a career coach, identifies the problems the current environment poses for implementation of that role and, considers options for achieving the goal of supporting staff with career development.