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Leadership and mental health nursing

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Cleary, M and Horsfall, J and Deacon, M and Jackson, D, Leadership and mental health nursing, Issues in mental health nursing, 32, (10) pp. 632-9. ISSN 0161-2840 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3109/01612840.2011.584362

Abstract

This discussion paper argues for the critical importance of successful leadership for effective mental health nursing, observing that nursing leadership has long been regarded problematically by the profession. Using empirical and theoretical evidence we debate what leadership styles and strategies are most likely to result in effective, recovery-orientated mental health nursing. Models of transformational and distributed leadership are found to be highly congruent with mental health nursing values, yet the literature suggests it is a type of leadership more often desired than experienced. We note how the scholarly literature tends to ignore the "elephant in the room" that is organizational power, and we question whether transformational leadership pursued within a specific clinical context can influence beyond those confines. Nevertheless it is within these contexts that consumers experience nursing, effective or otherwise, thus we should advocate what is known about effective leadership wherever it is required.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental Health Nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Mental Health Services
Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:107952
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-01
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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