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Nurs Times. 2012 Feb 14-20;108(7):20-1.

Identifying leadership development needs.

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School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Nurses and midwives are expected to fulfil leadership roles at all levels, but efforts to support them strategically are often unfocused.

AIM:

To describe nurses' and midwives' clinical leadership development needs and their views on the issue.

METHOD:

A survey was carried out with a random sample of nurses and midwives (911 responses), and 22 focus groups were conducted.

RESULTS:

Leadership development need was greatest in the domain of "developing the profession", while it was lower in areas associated with "managing patient care".

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION:

As nurses and midwives move further away from direct care, their clinical leadership development needs increase. A number of recommendations are made for education and training programmes.

PMID:
22479936
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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