Developing ward leadership skills

Richards, Ali (2023) Developing ward leadership skills. Nursing Management, 30 (3).

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Nurses who are responsible for a clinical area do not only have a management role but also, crucially, a leadership role. The role of ward leader is complex and demanding. Ward leaders are accountable for patient safety and the quality of patient care, act as role models, motivate staff and cascade organisational goals to them. They also ensure the correct skill mix on the ward, alleviate pressures on staff and provide opportunities for staff development. This article describes several leadership models which all have something to offer to nurses looking to develop their ward leadership skills. It discusses core elements of effective ward leadership, notably providing support and direction to the team through coaching and mentoring, developing the ward as a learning environment, understanding the wider care context and taking time for self-care.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Nursing Management
Publisher: RCN Publishing (RCNi)
ISSN: 2047-8976
Departments: Institute of Health > Nursing
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2023 09:37
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 15:02


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