Clinical leadership development in a pre - registration nursing curriculum; what the profession has to say...
Purpose: In the last decade through the literature and Inquiries and Reports into the short comings in health services has highlighted the role of leadership in clinical practice and the impact on patient outcomes (Wong and Cummings 2007). Derbyshire and McKenna (2013) asked 'Nursing's crisis of care: what part does nursing education own' He cites reports in the United Kingdom as the 'fire starters', whilst in New South Wales, Australia we have our own the Garling Inquiry (2008). This presentation will share the findings of a research study that has sought to identify the antecedents of clinical leadership in pre-registration nursing programmes. A curriculum model has been developed the 'profession' has been invited to share their views on the indicative content identified. Methods From a conceptual framework, a 68 item survey was developed seeking the views of nurses; managers, academics, clinicians, and recently graduated nurses (national and international) on the indicative content of a curriculum model. The curriculum model identified the knowledge, skills and behaviours (antecedents) of clinical leadership. In addition; interviews have been conducted with individuals who are identified as nurse leaders (expert reference group) seeking their perceptions of the findings. Results In total 603 participants started the survey and 425 completed the survey - 70.48% completion rate. There was consensus from the participants that the indicative content in the curriculum model is relevant the results of the degree to which the respondents think it is important will be the focus of the presentation of the findings. In addition the opinions of the expert reference group of the findings will be presented. Conclusions/discussions: A response to Derbyshire's question will be offered in part in that what one university has done in terms of a purposeful curriculum development towards developing clinical leadership capabilities in newly graduating nurses.
References: Derbyshire, P and McKenna, L (2013) Nursing's crisis of care: What part does nursing education own? Nurse Education Today. Vol 33 (4): p.305-307 Garling P. (2008) Final report of the Special Commission of Inquiry: Acute Care Services in NSW Public Hospitals. Vol. 1-3. Sydney: NSW Government.. Wong, C. A. and G. G. Cummings (2007). "The relationship between nursing leadership and patient outcomes: a systematic review." Journal of Nursing Education Vol 15(15): p.508-521.