Developing a leadership programme for junior nurses
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Developing a leadership programme for junior nurses

Antony James Makepeace Lead nurse, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, England

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  • To understand the importance of organising professional development for junior nurses

  • To learn how to formulate a leadership development programme for junior nurses

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Lifelong learning is an expectation of all nurses and nursing associates. However, after preceptorship there is limited guidance on how junior nurses can progress in their careers. Formal training programmes were limited by pressures associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as long-term financial and resource restrictions across the NHS. Nurses’ expectations of professional development and well-being have also been affected by their experiences during the pandemic. This article explores how nurses in management positions can create professional development opportunities for nurses, particularly in leadership. The author identifies how leaders can support their staff to broaden their skills and knowledge despite pressures on staffing and resources.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2022.e2057

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Conflict of interest

This article was written while the author was a Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholar in 2020-22

Makepeace AJ (2022) Developing a leadership programme for junior nurses. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2022.e2057

Accepted 16 August 2022

Published online: 10 November 2022

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