Characteristics of leadership that influence clinical learning: A narrative review

Walker, Rachel, Cooke, Marie, Henderson, Amanda and Creedy, Debra K. (2011) Characteristics of leadership that influence clinical learning: A narrative review. Nurse Education Today, 31 8: 743-756. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2010.12.018

Author Walker, Rachel
Cooke, Marie
Henderson, Amanda
Creedy, Debra K.
Title Characteristics of leadership that influence clinical learning: A narrative review
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.12.018
Volume 31
Issue 8
Start page 743
End page 756
Total pages 14
Place of publication Kidlington, U.K.
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Leadership has been consistently implied in fostering clinical learning. However there is a lack of clarity about the form leadership should take. Limited quantitative research indicated a narrative approach to review literature from a broad perspective. A framework to guide the synthesis was developed to ensure a rigorous review process. Preliminary reading and review of papers using search terms nursing and leadership and clinical learning and learning culture narrowed the inclusion criteria to 245 papers published between 2000 and 2010. Given the diversity of the papers' focus, aim and context, a refined screening process justified the inclusion of twenty-six papers in the review. A critical appraisal of these peer-reviewed quantitative, qualitative and commentary papers identified factors/elements integral to effective leadership. Across the literature leadership was discussed in relation to two broad themes: influence of leadership on organisational learning and development and; influence of leadership on undergraduate clinical education. The factors central to leadership emerged as transformative principles, the role of the nurse unit/ward manager, collaboration and relationship building and role-modelling. The review has raised some suggestions for future research aimed at examining the impact of a leadership capacity building intervention that supports clinical learning.
Keyword Nursing
Clinical learning
Learning culture
Narrative review
Advanced nursing practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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