Role of clinical nurse leadership in improving patient care
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Role of clinical nurse leadership in improving patient care

Jill Murphy Lecturer in nursing and midwifery, University of Limerick
Bernie Quillinan Head of nursing and midwifery, University of Limerick
Mary Carolan Professor of research and nursing, University of Limerick

Jill Murphy and colleagues describe how clinical leadership has been defined and developed among nurse leaders in the Republic of Ireland

Leadership in nursing plays a crucial part in the provision of good patient care. However, the terms ‘nursing leadership’ and ‘nursing management’ are often confused. This article discusses the difficulties in defining ‘clinical leadership’, outlines its development in the Republic of Ireland, and identifies issues that must be addressed if clinical nurse leaders are to be effective.

Nursing Management. 16, 8, 26-28. doi: 10.7748/nm2009.

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