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Title: In command of care: clinical nurse leadership explored
Contributor(s): Stanley, David  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1177/1744987106059458
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Abstract: Who are the clinical nurse leaders? What are the qualities and characteristics of clinical nurse leaders? Why are they seen as clinical leaders and what might their experiences of clinical leadership be? This paper outlines a research project that sought to explore these questions. The research involved surveying registered/qualified nurses from D to H grade (n= 830) who staffed 36 clinical areas in one acute NHS Trust in the English Midlands. Only 188 questionnaires were returned, but the data proved a rich source of information about clinical leadership, the attributes of clinical leaders and who might be recognised as a clinical leader. F-grade sisters were seen as strongly associated with the role. The questionnaire was followed by interviews with 42 qualified nurses from D to H grade on four clinical areas in the same NHS Trust, and these were followed by eight further interviews with nurses identified from the interviews as clinical nurse leaders. The results demonstrate that clinical leaders appeared to be present at all nursing levels and in considerable numbers, but they were often not the most senior nurses and their approach to clinical leadership was based upon a foundation of care that was fundamental to their values and beliefs or view of nursing and care. The study also indicated that the type of clinical area had an influence on who might be seen as a clinical leader. The attributes of clinical leaders appeared to be clinical competence, clinical knowledge, approachability, motivation, empowerment, decision-making, effective communication, being a role model and visibility.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Research in Nursing, 11(1), p. 20-39
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kindgom
ISSN: 1744-988X
Field of Research (FOR): 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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