More Meaningful Meetings

Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, CNE-cl, ANEF; Jennifer Chicca, MS, RN, CNE, CNE-cl


Am Nurs Journal. 2020;15(4) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


As nurses move into formal and informal leadership roles and engage in shared decision-making, many will be expected to chair and run professional meetings. Unfortunately, being a skilled clinician doesn't necessarily mean you're prepared to lead meetings. That lack of preparation can be problematic, leading to unproductive, unfocused, and disorganized meetings that waste time. Ultimately, unsuccessful meetings result in dissatisfaction, disengagement, and poor outcomes. Fortunately, following a few simple steps before, during, and after meetings can help ensure they are meaningful, add value, and contribute positively to patient, nurse, and organizational outcomes.