Effective nurse leadership in times of crisis
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Effective nurse leadership in times of crisis

Alison Heulwen James Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales
Clare Louise Bennett Senior Lecturer, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales

Why you should read this article:
  • To learn about the leadership strategies that can be effective during times of crisis

  • To understand when different styles of leadership are appropriate in certain situations

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  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

The emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has meant that nurse leaders need to respond rapidly and decisively to the demands and challenges of a pandemic in a context of increased staff shortages and limited resources. This article suggests essential leadership skills and characteristics that nurses can use to underpin effective leadership in a crisis, emphasising the importance of decision-making and emotional intelligence. It also addresses two important questions: ‘what do leaders in a crisis need to do that differs from any other time?’ and ‘what does effective leadership look like in a crisis?’

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1936

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Conflict of interest

None declared

James AH, Bennett CL (2020) Effective nurse leadership in times of crisis. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1936

Published online: 16 June 2020

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