How to maintain enthusiasm and demonstrate values-driven leadership in challenging times

Values-based leadership in difficult times is beneficial in delivering compassionate care

Adhering to values-based nursing leadership in these difficult times, far from being controlling, is beneficial in delivering compassionate care

Picture: Annette Taylor-Anderson

Having had little time to recover and recuperate from the pandemic, nurse leaders now face an arguably greater challenge with a resurgence of COVID-19, a looming flu season and the usual NHS seasonal challenges.

Nursing has run the gamut of opinion over the past few months – from enthusiastic weekly applause for NHS staff to accusations of a lack of professionalism, kindness and compassion documented in the national press.

Indeed, at times it feels paradoxical.

Maintaining professional values is central to quality nursing practice

Nurses are expected to lead complex reconfigurations of services while


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