This ongoing department, sponsored by the American Organization of Nurse Executives, presents information to assist nurse leaders in shaping the future of healthcare through creative and innovative leadership. The strategic priorities of the American Organization of Nurse Executives anchor the editorial content. They reflect contemporary healthcare and nursing practice issues that challenge nurse executives as they strive to meet the needs of patients. To learn more about the American Organization of Nurse Executives, please visit the association's Web site at www.aone.org. Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.