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Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Nurses Claim the Corner Office
New book from STTI helps nurses develop as leaders, rise to the top
INDIANAPOLIS — When surveying more than 1,000 hospital boards, the American Hospital Association recently found that a mere 6 percent of board members were nurses.
Nurses have leadership experience in patient care, constituent building, resource management, critical decision making, and more, yet they are still being overlooked for executive roles in the health care industry. Now, in a new book — Claiming the Corner Office: Executive Leadership Lessons for Nurses — two executives offer guidance for those aspiring to obtain these executive roles.
In Claiming the Corner Office, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), authors Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, and Therese Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, show nurses how to leverage their knowledge and expertise in patient care to achieve success as a senior executives, entrepreneurs, or governing board leaders.
Curran and Fitzpatrick focus on teaching nurses how to develop their personal leadership potential, highlighting those skills, competencies, and experiences required as nurses carve career strategies that lead to senior executive or entrepreneurial positions.
“The authors recognize the personal qualities that make a great nurse and provide a road map that uses them to obtain leadership success,” said Janice Gries, DNP, RNC, IBCLC, APN, president of JCG Healthcare LLC. “Their lessons are specific, concrete, and adaptable. An absolute must-read for graduate nursing students and experienced nurses wishing to develop their career path in leadership, this book recognizes the importance of having the right person in the corner office and supplies the tools to get there.”

Claiming the Corner Office: Executive Leadership Lessons for Nurses
Authors: Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, and Therese Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN
Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
ISBN-13: 9781-937554-35-4 
Price: US $39.95
Trade paperback, 224 pages
Trim size: 6 x 9
Available at

About the authors
Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, is CEO of Best on Board; a faculty member of the American College of Healthcare Executives; a member of the boards of directors for Hospira Inc., DeVry Inc., and DePaul University; and former chairman of the board of Silver Cross Hospital. She has served as editor of Nursing Economic$ for 18 years, with more than 200 publications and several research programs to her credit.
Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, is executive vice president of Assay Healthcare Solutions. She has served in the role of chief nursing officer and chief operating officer in both academic and community health care systems, including a 100 Top Hospitals system. Fitzpatrick was a founding partner of The Optimé Group and former CEO of AMR ProNurse.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at
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