How to Thrive as a New Director of Nursing Services

By Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP - February 09, 2021

Accepting a new position as the director of nursing services (DNS) often begins with excitement for the new challenges and many opportunities to make a positive difference. However, in the first few days and weeks, the feeling of elation may be replaced with confusion, frustration, and a general sense of being overwhelmed. Although these feelings are relatively common, there are actions each new DNS can take to move beyond them and thrive in the role.