Perceptions Of Clinical Leadership In An Aged Care Residential Facility In Perth, Western AustraliaDavid Stanley1*, Karen Latimer2 and Julie Atkinson3
- Corresponding Author:
- Dr. David Stanley
School of Population Health
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Road, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 11, 2014; Accepted date: March 05, 2014; Published date: March 07, 2014
Citation: Stanley D, Latimer K, Atkinson J (2014) Perceptions of Clinical Leadership in an Aged Care Residential Facility in Perth, Western Australia. Health Care Current Reviews 2:122. doi:10.4172/hccr.1000122
Copyright: © 2014 Stanley D et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: To investigate the perceptions and approaches to leadership and leadership development of senior nurses and care home managers in an aged care residential facility. Method: A descriptive phenomenological research approach was employed to support purposive sampling. A questionnaire (n=10) was used, followed by interviews (n=8). Analysis employed an SPSS and NVivo 0.6 computer programs, with manual data configuration as required. Results: Participants saw a distinction between their role as leaders and managers and that their more clinically focused responsibilities favoured a greater affinity with clinical leadership. In addition, the attributes and characteristics of clinical leaders identified by participants were approachability, clinical skills, clinical knowledge, honesty, integrity, support for others and visibility in the clinical area. Conclusion: The development and deployment of clinical leadership attributes are vital so that senior nurses and care home managers can play a more effective part in care provision and service improvement in the residential care environment.