Effect of authentic leadership on newly qualified nurses: a scoping review
evidence and practice    

Effect of authentic leadership on newly qualified nurses: a scoping review

Tracey Long Community Practice Educator, 0-5 Service, Children’s Care Group, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To familiarise yourself with the concept of authentic leadership

  • To increase your knowledge of the effect of authentic leadership on newly qualified nurses

  • To understand how authentic leaders can develop genuine and trusting relationships with newly qualified nurses

Authentic leadership is a relatively new concept in nursing in which authentic leaders are anchored by their deep sense of self, and know where they stand on important issues, values and beliefs. While there is considerable literature available on authentic nurse leadership, little has been written regarding its effect on newly qualified nurses. Therefore, the author undertook a scoping review of the literature on authentic leadership and newly qualified nurses.

A total of 12 articles were found through database searches and included in the review. Thematic analysis of the articles identified two primary themes of ‘well-being at work’ and ‘work environment’, and two lesser themes of ‘transition from student to nurse’ and ‘retention’. The scoping review found that authentic leadership has a positive effect on newly qualified nurses and that authentic leaders can develop genuine and trusted relationships, thereby promoting a supportive work environment for newly qualified nurses.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1901

Peer review

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

Correspondence

tracey.long3@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Long T (2020) Effect of authentic leadership on newly qualified nurses: a scoping review. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1901

Acknowledgements The author would like to acknowledge the assistance of children’s care group director at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Christina Harrison, professor of nursing Laura Serrant OBE and Health Education England for the opportunity to undertake this review as part of an National Institute for Health Research integrated clinical academic internship programme for the north of England

Published online: 07 April 2020

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Try 1 month’s access for just £1 and get:

Your subscription package includes:
  • Full access to the website and the online archive
  • Bi-monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal
Subscribe
Already subscribed? Log in

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now

Or