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J Nurs Manag. 2016 Mar;24(2):E155-63. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12317. Epub 2015 Jun 24.

Insights on leadership from early career nurse academics: findings from a mixed methods study.

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1
School of Nursing, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.
2
Oxford Brookes University & Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford UK & School of Health, University of New England, NSW, Australia.
3
Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
4
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, & Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
5
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Abstract

AIM:

To explore the perceptions of early career nursing academics on leadership in academia.

BACKGROUND:

There is growing emphasis on leadership capacity building across all domains of nursing. However, there is limited evidence on leadership capacity in early career academics. This study tested an intervention to develop leadership capacity amongst early career nursing academics in two Australian universities.

METHODS:

A sequential mixed methods design, using online surveys and semi-structured interviews, was used to collect data.

RESULTS:

Twenty-three early career nursing academics participated. Most had experience of formal leadership roles and were aware of its importance to them as they developed their academic careers. Participants were able to discuss their own views of themselves as leaders; their perceptions of their own needs for leadership development, and ways in which they could seek to develop further as leaders.

CONCLUSION:

There is a need to provide initial and ongoing opportunities for leadership development amongst nurse academics. These opportunities should be contextualised and recognise factors such as gender, and the effects of structural oppression.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT:

Nurse academics are involved in the preparation of the next generation of clinical leaders and it is imperative that they are able to articulate a clear view of leadership.

KEYWORDS:

early career academic; leadership; mixed methods; nurse academic

PMID:
26104063
DOI:
10.1111/jonm.12317
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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