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Leadership self-perception of clinical nurses at the bedside: A qualitative descriptive study

What does leadership in healthcare mean to you? Specifically, how do you understand leadership manifests at the point of care?

Leadership is an essential component of clinical governance. Simply because you don’t bear a ‘leadership title’ does not mean you are not a leader.

As this article states, ‘[L]eadership is not in the title but in the role’. Although this paper is limited by a cohort of only 20 clinical nurses across two hospitals in the mid-Western US, it raises some contemporary discussion around what leadership means at the point of care, equally applicable to Australian clinicians. To this effect, it notes that ‘[E]very healthcare system has its own culture with elements that serve to both facilitate and prevent leadership expression at the bedside.’

What happens in your day-to-day practice? As this recently published study demonstrates, you may be more of a leader than you realise. You may also wish to consider what cultural elements in your organisation facilitate and prevent your leadership expression, and how they impact your self-perception as a leader.

Access the article here (abstract only). 

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