5 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

Last week on Becker's leadership channel, readers gravitated toward articles on Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson's tribute to nurses, the four greatest challenges facing health systems today and Warren Buffett's leadership approach.

1. Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson thanks nurses for 'responding to a calling'
After speaking to nurses at one Kaiser Permanente hospital, Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of the Oakland, Calif.-based health system, was "in awe" of their commitment to and compassion for patients, according to a LinkedIn post he published May 8.

2. What 'quality' means to 25 healthcare executives
Ask 25 healthcare executives to define "quality," and their answers may surprise you. Executives examined quality improvement — the leadership skills necessary to drive it and the greatest opportunities for it in their organizations — during an executive roundtable discussion sponsored by athenahealth at Becker's Hospital Review 8th Annual Conference in Chicago April 19.

3. 4 of the most pressing challenges health systems face today
To succeed in an era characterized by uncertainty and rapid change, hospitals must become more nimble and proactive. Faced with changes to regulations, reimbursement and technology, organizations that fail to adapt will lose out to their more agile peers.

4. Warren Buffett's approach to managing 360k employees
At the latest annual shareholders meeting in Nebraska, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett spoke about his overarching leadership principle for managing 360,000 employees, reports CNBC.

5. Nurses engage in both emerging and advanced leadership roles
Several recent studies by AMN Healthcare demonstrate the commitment nurses are making in their careers by pursuing education.

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