Caroline Shuldham: Senior nurse leaders are tough but they can’t flourish in a blame culture
Nurse directors need exceptional qualities and skills to provide effective leadership. But they only give their best when they receive the support that every other member of staff has a right to expect
Optimistic, knowledgeable, forward-looking, willing to be challenged and able to instil confidence – these are just some of the qualities displayed every day by effective nurses in board or other senior leadership positions.
Directors of nursing lead and manage a range of staff and services and require considerable leadership skills to fulfil their roles. Their core values include compassion and the ability to inspire and engage others while focusing on patients and service improvement.
Senior leaders are accountable, but do not work alone. Their effectiveness is determined largely by how well they collaborate and build relationships with other staff.
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