Editorial

Are children’s nurses ready for collective leadership?

Children’s nurses are an eclectic group, but by speaking as one they can influence policy
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Childrens nurses are an eclectic group, but by speaking as one they can influence policy

The term collective leadership is used every day in healthcare. It is generally understood to mean distributing and allocating leadership power to wherever expertise, capability and motivation sits within organisations ( Kings Fund 2014 ). But how ready is nursing for it?

In terms of childrens nurse leadership, this question has been debated in the context of refreshing the purpose of the Association of Chief Childrens Nurses (ACCN).

The ACCN was established 25 years ago and, in that membership eligibility was determined by the number of inpatient beds a senior nurse was accountable for, embodied leadership theory at that time.

However, the inference that size relates to

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