The Coaching Experience of Advanced Practice Nurses in a National Leadership Program.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Coaching is a relatively new application to promote the development of leadership skills in health care and nursing. Coaching circles are a technique used in the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program to provide guidance and expertise to small groups of advanced practice nurse (APN) Fellows to facilitate completion of a transformational project. The purpose of this report is to describe the current literature related to coaching among APNs and the results of this coaching experience.


A serial cross-sectional survey design was used to evaluate the coaching circle experience of four cohorts of Fellows from 2013-2017.


Evidence in the literature related to the use of coaching specifically among APNs is limited. Participants evaluated the structure and function, as well as the value, of the coaching circle.


This report offers insight into strategies of coaching that would be useful in a variety of health care settings to promote the advancement of nurse leaders. [J Contin Educ Nurs. 2019;50(4):170-175.].

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Waldrop, J; Derouin, A

Published Date

  • April 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 170 - 175

PubMed ID

  • 30942891

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-2472

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-0124

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3928/00220124-20190319-07


  • eng