In the last year, many voices have been raised to make known the essential role of nurses in healthcare leadership and to demand a greater number of seats for nurses at policy-making level.
We have seen nurses get this seat, such as Susan Orsega, an advanced nurse practitioner who has been named Surgeon General in the United States.
Programs are being rolled out with the aim of developing high-level leadership skills for nurses working at healthcare policy level, such as the Global Nursing Leadership Institute under the auspices of the International Council of Nurses.
But what about all the nurses who are practicing leadership in clinical settings?
What are the skills needed by these clinical nurse leaders during the crisis we are living through with the Covid19 pandemic?
Clinical nurse leaders need vision and values that are clearly perceivable. Leading by example is a great way of showing these.
They must be good at communicating with their teams and that includes listening.
Caring for staff, who are incredibly stressed, is absolutely essential. Team members need emotional support to face the challenges of caring for patients and their families during the pandemic.
Here at Connecting Nurses, we found this article in the Nursing Times (UK) to be very helpful in providing practical guidance for better leadership for nurses.