Leading the development of nursing within a nursing development unit: the perspectives of leadership by the team leader and a professor of nursing
Graham, IW 2003, 'Leading the development of nursing within a nursing development unit: the perspectives of leadership by the team leader and a professor of nursing', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 213-222.
The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1440-172X.2003.00427.x
Leadership within nursing is receiving unprecedented focus and development. This reflective narrative explores the nature of leadership, termed scholarly leadership, by an academic and a clinical leader of a Nursing Development Unit. The narrative explores the characteristics of such leadership and highlights how it empowered a nursing team to further reach its potential. Two areas, patient-centered care and the characteristics of practice, are focused upon to highlight the leadership style that the clinical leader adopted. The paper concludes by suggesting what structural and systems changes need to be put in place in order to bring about change.