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I became a senior nurse leader in the hope of making a difference more widely

A nurse leader must influence with authenticity and have a shared vision, says one member of Nursing Management's editorial advisory board

A nurse leader must influence with authenticity and have a shared vision, says one member of Nursing Management's editorial advisory board

Its important to build resilience and share ideas

As a divisional director of nursing and therapies my main responsibility is the quality and professional standard of services. Its a rewarding role, ranging from monitoring and learning from patient experience and incidents, to managing risk, working with colleagues and ensuring the effectiveness of services.

For many years I was a respiratory nurse consultant, a role in which it is possible to significantly improve the lives of people living with chronic lung disease.

But throughout my nursing career I have always seen myself as a leader wanting to strive on behalf of patients.

A network enables us to work together and use the skills knowledge of others

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A nurse leader must influence with authenticity and have a shared vision, says one member of Nursing Management's editorial advisory board

Vector image of overlapping speech bubbles connected with a jigsaw piece. To mark International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, members of our editorial advisory team reflect on nursing and advice for aspiring leaders. This article is by Matthew Hodson.
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It’s important to build resilience and share ideas

As a divisional director of nursing and therapies my main responsibility is the quality and professional standard of services. It’s a rewarding role, ranging from monitoring and learning from patient experience and incidents, to managing risk, working with colleagues and ensuring the effectiveness of services.

For many years I was a respiratory nurse consultant, a role in which it is possible to significantly improve the lives of people living with chronic lung disease.

But throughout my nursing career I have always seen myself as a leader wanting to strive on behalf of patients.

A network enables us to work together and use the skills knowledge of others

I have also developed a passion for championing nursing and improving patient experience, and became a senior nurse leader in the hope that I could make a difference more widely.

Nursing is a fantastic profession and I love every minute of being a nurse leader, but it’s important to build resilience and ensure there are peers and colleagues with whom to share ideas and talk them through, and therefore learn from each other’s experience.

As a nurse leader, it’s important to recognise that we will not always have the knowledge we need at a particular time, but having a network enables us to work together and use the skills and knowledge of other nurse leaders around us.

This year, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, is a good time for all of us to reflect on where we are in our nursing journey and whether we are ready for our next step up.

Everyone in healthcare is a leader who can champion patient care

I see everyone in healthcare as a leader who can be championing patient care every day, but the ability to influence with authenticity and having a shared vision with positivity are two of the qualities I look for in a leader.

A matron I worked with named Louise displayed these qualities in such a natural way that she will always be my nursing hero. If you have any nursing role models, think about what leadership qualities they display so you can learn from the best.

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Picture of Matthew Hodson, divisional director of nursing and therapies at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. To mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, members of our editorial advisory team reflect on nursing and advice for aspiring leaders.Matthew Hodson, @speak2matt, is divisional director of nursing and therapies at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust and a member of the Nursing Management editorial advisory board

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