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Leadership advice: ‘Be open to opportunities even if they don't fit neatly into your plans’

A member of Nursing Management's editorial advisory board offers her advice on the qualities needed to be a nurse leader
Vector image of woman opening door shaped like arrow pointing up. 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 Nichole McIntosh.

A member of Nursing Management's editorial advisory board offers her advice on the qualities needed to be a nurse leader

Why have you become a nursing leader?

Growing up in rural Jamaica, I narrowed my future career to three distinct options early on: hotel manager, flight attendant and nurse. Nursing won! I became a nurse leader because nurses should have inspirational and dynamic nurse leaders who live the values of kindness, courage and compassion, and I have these qualities.

Would you recommend such a role?

I would recommend it to anyone who has a passion to help others, who is compassionate and resilient. Nursing leadership is a rewarding role and we always need more nurses to lead, to ensure that our patients and their families are cared for with dignity and respect.

What enables you to

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