Some 17% of the nation's hospitals have female chief executive officers, and almost half of those are also registered nurses, according to the results of two surveys. Of female CEOs surveyed by the American Governance & Leadership Group, 45% said inadequate reimbursement was their most troublesome challenge they faced, while 39% said financial stability. A separate survey of 800 female hospital CEOs, by the governance group and healthcare information management company PHNS, found that 46% of the CEOs had backgrounds as registered nurses. "The qualities that make a great nurse can also make a great hospital CEO," said Rick Kneipper, chief administrative officer at PHNS. -- by Patrick Reilly
About half of female hospital CEOs also RNs: survey
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