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  1. Wendler, M. Cecilia PhD, RN, CCRN
  2. Olson-Sitki, Kristi MSN, RN, RN-BC
  3. Prater, Marsha PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE


The nursing shortage affects all levels, including the pivotal role of nurse managers, who may find themselves functioning in a complex, stressful work environment. In this increasingly difficult milieu, succession planning for nurse manager turnover is imperative. The authors describe an evidence-based, theoretically driven nurse management internship that allows staff nurses to explore the nurse manager role.