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‘I hope all students realise their potential for leading excellent nursing care’

Encouraging writing for publication and developing research in practice are powerful ways of making a difference and sharing knowledge and good practice, says Alison James
Vector image of a female speaking at a podium in front of an audience. To mark the 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 Alison James.

Encouraging writing for publication and developing research in practice are powerful ways of making a difference and sharing knowledge and good practice, says Alison James

A good time to reflect on personal roles and achievements

As well as being the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, 2020 is also the culmination of the three-year Nursing Now campaign . It is a good time to reflect on personal roles and achievements.

In my current role as an educator and researcher I am privileged to be involved in preparing preregistration and qualified nurses in Wales for future leadership positions.

All nurses can and should be leaders and influencers for excellence

Leadership development is a core feature of undergraduate nurse education and the standards for registration, so educators are focused on

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Encouraging writing for publication and developing research in practice are powerful ways of making a difference and sharing knowledge and good practice, says Alison James

Vector image of a female speaking at a podium in front of an audience. To mark the 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 Alison James.
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A good time to reflect on personal roles and achievements

As well as being the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, 2020 is also the culmination of the three-year Nursing Now campaign. It is a good time to reflect on personal roles and achievements.

In my current role as an educator and researcher I am privileged to be involved in preparing preregistration and qualified nurses in Wales for future leadership positions.

All nurses can and should be leaders and influencers for excellence

Leadership development is a core feature of undergraduate nurse education and the standards for registration, so educators are focused on having conversations with students about their expectations of this role.

Traditionally, leadership roles were associated with position, but the changing nature and demands of today’s healthcare system mean that all nurses can and should be leaders and influencers for excellence.

This is why it is important for positive role models in nursing practice and education to be visible and available for future nurses to emulate.

The future of nursing is in good hands

Encouraging writing for publication and developing research in practice are powerful ways of making a difference and sharing knowledge and good practice. I try to make this message clear for students so that good practice and innovation are shared, contributions are valued, and nurses have their voices heard.

I look forward every year to the graduation ceremonies at Cardiff University and take great pride in knowing that the future of nursing is in good hands. This year, as we celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, I hope that all students realise their individual potential for leading excellent quality nursing care for patients.

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Picture of Alison James, a senior lecturer in adult nursing at Cardiff University. To mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, members of our editorial advisory team reflect on nursing and advice for aspiring leaders.Alison James, @alisonjofAber, is a senior lecturer in adult nursing at Cardiff University and a member of the Nursing Management editorial advisory board

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