Enabling professional development in mental health nursing

The role of clinical leadership

Gary ENNIS, Brenda HAPPELL, K Reid-Searl

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Abstract

Clinical leadership is acknowledged as important to the nursing profession. While studies continue to identify its significance in contributing to positive outcomes for consumers, the role that clinical leadership has in enabling and supporting professional development in mental health nursing is poorly understood. This study utilized a grounded theory methodology to explore the characteristics clinicians consider important for clinical leadership and its significance for mental health nursing in day-to-day clinical practice. Individual face-to-face, semi-structured interviews were conducted with nurses working in mental health settings. Participants described the important role that clinical leaders play in enabling professional development of others through role modelling and clinical teaching. They describe how nurses, whom they perceive as clinical leaders, use role modelling and clinical teaching to influence the professional development of nursing staff and undergraduate nursing students. Attributes such as professionalism and honesty were seen, by participants, as enablers for clinical leaders in effectively and positively supporting the professional development of junior staff and undergraduate nurses in mental health nursing. This paper examines clinical leadership from the perspective of mental health nurses delivering care, and highlights the important role of clinical leaders in supporting professional development in mental health nursing
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-622
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume22
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

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Enabling professional development in mental health nursing : The role of clinical leadership. / ENNIS, Gary; HAPPELL, Brenda; Reid-Searl, K.

In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Vol. 22, No. 8, 01.10.2015, p. 616-622.

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