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J Nurs Manag. 2011 Jan;19(1):121-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01140.x. Epub 2010 Nov 16.

Developing team leadership to facilitate guideline utilization: planning and evaluating a 3-month intervention strategy.

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University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Ottawa, Canada. wgifford@uottawa.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Research describes leadership as important to guideline use. Yet interventions to develop current and future leaders for this purpose are not well understood.

AIM:

To describe the planning and evaluation of a leadership intervention to facilitate nurses' use of guideline recommendations for diabetic foot ulcers in home health care.

METHOD:

Planning the intervention involved a synthesis of theory and research (qualitative interviews and chart audits). One workshop and three follow-up teleconferences were delivered at two sites to nurse managers and clinical leaders (n=15) responsible for 180 staff nurses. Evaluation involved workshop surveys and interviews.

RESULTS:

Highest rated intervention components (four-point scale) were: identification of target indicators (mean 3.7), and development of a team leadership action plan (mean 3.5). Pre-workshop barriers assessment rated lowest (mean 2.9). Three months later participants indicated their leadership performance had changed as a result of the intervention, being more engaged with staff and clear about implementation goals.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT:

Creating a team leadership action plan to operationalize leadership behaviours can help in delivery of evidence-informed care. Access to clinical data and understanding team leadership knowledge and skills prior to formal training will assist nursing management in tailoring intervention strategies to identify needs and gaps.

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