Using Benner’s model of clinical competency to promote nursing leadership
Intended for healthcare professionals

Using Benner’s model of clinical competency to promote nursing leadership

Barry Quinn , Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise how you can work towards becoming an expert leader

  • To understand that all nurses can act as leaders irrespective of their role

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

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

This article explores the concept of leadership in health and social care. All nurses have an important leadership role, which is reflected in the principles of the NHS Leadership Academy and in the new curriculum for nursing students. By critically applying the ‘novice to expert’ model of clinical competence to leadership, nurses are encouraged to consider the skills involved in moving from novice to expert alongside identifying the strengths and skills they wish to develop. Nurses are encouraged to reflect on leadership approaches operating in health and social care and to consider the type of leader they want to be. This article examines what expert or exemplary leadership might involve and some of the characteristics that are required. An expert leader can recognise their own values and beliefs, and the values and beliefs of those they lead and serve.

Nursing Management. 27, 2, 33-41. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1911

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Quinn B (2020) Using Benner’s model of clinical competency to promote nursing leadership. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1911

Published online: 19 March 2020

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