Develop your leadership qualities
The NHS needs strong leadership - but what exactly does this mean? In the first of a three-part series on leadership in nursing, Mandy Day-Calder looks at what makes a good leader
Nursing has evolved from the days where doctors directed nurses’ every move. As a registered nurse, you now make autonomous decisions and are professionally accountable for your actions and omissions.
You may look to your charge nurse or senior managers for direction and formal leadership, but break down what is required from you – problem-solving, decision-making, negotiation, coordination, prioritising and delegation – and you will see that you take an active leadership role each time you don your uniform.
In recognition of the importance of these qualities the Nursing and Midwifery Council is set to include leadership in the new standards for registered nurses.
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