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Br J Nurs. 2018 Aug 9;27(15):876-880. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2018.27.15.876.

Action learning can support leadership development for undergraduate and postgraduate nurses.

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Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Cardiff University.


Leadership skills are embedded in the undergraduate nursing curriculum and are essential for post-registration nurses. One way to support the development of these skills is to use the action learning and critical action learning approaches, which can be implemented in both the academic environment and the clinical setting. The process of action learning promotes collaborative multidisciplinary working and affords time for reflection and professional development, in turn supporting the process of applying for revalidation. Developing a nursing workforce with a high level of emotional intelligence can support decision-making, resilience and build confidence. These qualities are crucial not only for delivering safe patient care and promoting innovation in quality improvement, but are essential for personal development and individual career progression.


Action learning; Clinical practice; Critical action learning; Education; Emotional intelligence; Leadership; Multidisciplinary working

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