Today, nurse leadership positions are more and more common. However, there have been many exemplary Nurse Leaders in the past whose contributions and sacrifices enabled nursing to transform to the leadership position it is today but have not been documented. It is important to recover and record this history so that future generations of nurses can learn from past examples in a way they cannot learn with current nursing education alone. This article examines the development of the professional nurse through the lens of the service of Brigadier General Sue Ellen Turner. The oral history method guided the exploration of memories and experiences. The recurring characteristics of discernment, reflection, and ability to break barriers/build relationships contributed most to the general’s success in restructuring organizational systems to optimize leadership opportunities for nurses. The conclusion discusses the lasting impact and future implications of Turner’s work on the profession of nursing.
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