In Nightingale's footsteps: A qualitative analysis of the impact of leadership development within the clinical learning environment

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Bond, C., Stacey, G., Charles, A., Westwood, G. and Hearn, D. 2022. In Nightingale's footsteps: A qualitative analysis of the impact of leadership development within the clinical learning environment. Journal of Nursing Management. 30 (7), pp. 2715-2723.
AuthorsBond, C., Stacey, G., Charles, A., Westwood, G. and Hearn, D.

To identify and describe the impact areas of a newly developed leadership development programme focussed on positioning leaders to improve the student experience of the clinical learning environment.

There is a need to consider extending traditional ways of developing leaders within the clinical learning in order to accommodate an increased number of students and ensure their learning experience is fulfilling and developmental. The Florence Nightingale Foundation implemented a bespoke leadership development programme within the clinical learning environment. Identifying the areas of impact will help to inform organisational decision making regarding the benefits of encouraging and supporting emerging leaders to undertake this type of programme.

For this qualitative descriptive study, eight health care professionals who took part in a bespoke leadership development programme were interviewed individually and then collectively. The Florence Nightingale Foundation fellowship/scholarship programme is examined to determine impact.

Two key themes were described in relation to impact of the programme. These were ‘Personal Development’ and ‘Professional Impact’. The two key themes comprised several subthemes. The notion of time and space to think was subsumed within each theme.

Data highlights that the Florence Nightingale Foundation programme had a distinct impact on participants by transforming thinking and increasing self-confidence to enable changes to make improvements both within their organisations and at national level.

Implications for Nursing Management
Health care managers must continue to invest in building leadership capacity and capability through programmes that can help position individuals to realize their potential to positively influence health outcomes and wider society.

KeywordsAllied health professional; Leadership development; Midwives; Nurses
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Journal citation30 (7), pp. 2715-2723
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FunderHealth Education England
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Print11 Jul 2022
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Accepted27 Jun 2022
Deposited09 Jan 2023
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