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It’s better together

In February, I spent three weeks studying nursing leadership on a Florence Nightingale Foundation travel scholarship to New Zealand.

A clear vision and senior leadership support for integrated working is paramount to the success of the task, and travelling to the opposite side of the world helped me to understand how nurse leaders are contributing to integrated care.

Lynne Wigens (left) with nurse manager Becky Hickmott and chief nurse Mary Gordon from Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand

Senior nurses in the region of Canterbury, where I was based, understand that it takes time to develop effective relationships after a cultural shift to an integrated system. Integrated working was role-modelled at all levels; through meetings, group decision making and trusted working relationships.

I observed that most directors of nursing had been in their role for a number of years. They worked well together, and were seen as having recognised, influential roles. A repeated message was that leaders should be authentic

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