Rising to the challenges of clinical leadership
Leadership in a clinical setting can be emotionally charged. It is hard work and can sometimes feel raw, but it can also be tremendously rewarding.
Well-led clinical teams can buck trends; they hold together in the face of adversity and overcome significant challenges as they provide outstanding clinical care.
Nurse leadership in the emergency department can be complex. You can find yourself facing unknown situations for which you may feel unprepared. It is about more than the four-hour target; it is about patient safety and outcomes, and about providing leadership upwards and downwards throughout the multidisciplinary team.
I can remember having to handle my first paediatric cardiac arrest as the nurse in charge of the department on a night shift, thankfully a rare event. The staff on shift required leadership in an unexpected situation and between myself...
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