Exploring the role of effective nurse leadership during COVID-19
evidence and practice    

Exploring the role of effective nurse leadership during COVID-19

Barry Gerard Quinn Senior lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Catherine McLaughlin Nurse, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Anna Bunting Nursing student, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lynsey McLaughlin Nurse, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Susanna Scales Lead nurse, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby, England
Stephanie Craig Nursing student, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Shannon Copeland Nursing student, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of the importance of leadership in nursing

  • To familiarise yourself with the pressures of leading during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • To develop your understanding of the role of communication in leadership

The role of leadership in nursing and healthcare is continuously being examined, and has undergone increasing public and media scrutiny due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This article details a project that brought together five final-year nursing students and two experienced nurses who had all worked as part of the early response to the pandemic. Meeting regularly online, the participants sought to explore the literature on nursing leadership as well as their own clinical experience and personal reflections of leadership during the pandemic.

This process, which took place over a period of four months, also enabled the participants to examine their own leadership style. Four themes emerged from the group discussions: learning about and building on the history of nursing, the participants’ role in nursing leadership, effective leadership during times of uncertainty and the role of communication in effective leadership.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e1984

Peer review

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

Correspondence

barry.quinn@qub.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Quinn BG, McLaughlin C, Bunting A et al (2021) Exploring the role of effective nurse leadership during COVID-19. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e1984

Published online: 18 May 2021

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
RCN student member? Try Nursing Standard Student
Already subscribed? Log in

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

Or