Author(s): Cook MJ
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Abstract AIM: To identify the attributes of effective clinical nurse leaders. METHOD: A grounded theory research approach was adopted, using two research techniques: observation and interview. RESULTS: The literature review revealed that the role of the clinical nurse leader was ill-defined and addressed only in sparse, opinion-based literature. Novel outcomes of the research included: Identifying five attributes of effective clinical nurse leaders--highlighting, respecting, influencing, creativity and supporting. Distinguishing five typologies of effective clinical nurse leaders--discoverer, valuer, enabler, shaper and modifier. Elucidating factors that constrain and facilitate the development of effective clinical nurse leadership. CONCLUSION: The results imply that to enhance clinical nursing, leadership factors that enable and constrain clinical nursing leadership have to be identified and acted upon by individuals and those who they report to professionally.
This article was published in Nurs Stand
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy