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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Being a team leader : newly registered nurses relate their experiences
Author(s) Ekström, Louise ; Idvall, Ewa
Date 2013
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Aim This paper presents a study that explores how newly qualified registered nurses experience their leadership role in the ward-based nursing care team. Background A nurse's clinical leadership affects the quality of care provided. Newly qualified nurses experience difficulties during the transition period from student to qualified professional and find it challenging to lead nursing care. Methods Twelve nurses were interviewed and the transcribed texts analysed using qualitative content analysis to assess both manifest and latent content. Results Five themes were identified: feeling stranded; forming well-functioning teams; learning to lead; having the courage, strength, and desire to lead; and ensuring appropriate care. The findings indicate that many factors limit nurses’ leadership but some circumstances are supportive. Conclusion The leadership prerequisites for newly registered nurses need to improve, emphasizing different ways to create a supportive atmosphere that promotes professional development and job satisfaction. Implications for nursing management To increase nurse retention and promote quality of care, nurse managers need to clarify expectations and guide and support newly qualified nurses in a planned way.
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Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Journal of Nursing Management;1
Volume 23
ISSN 1365-2834
Pages 75-86
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) experience
newly qualified nurse
transition period
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
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