How relational leadership can enhance nurses’ well-being and productivity
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How relational leadership can enhance nurses’ well-being and productivity

Helena De Rezende Principal academic in adult nursing, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Department of Nursing Science, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To reflect on the role of nursing leadership in supporting healthcare systems, nursing teams and high-quality patient care

  • To increase your understanding of relational leadership styles

  • To recognise the benefits and challenges of relational leadership in nursing

Leadership is an essential skill in nursing and has a fundamental role in ensuring high-quality patient care and the effective functioning of healthcare systems. Effective nursing leadership is vital to support nursing teams as they negotiate the challenges confronting the profession, such as ageing populations and the increased use of healthcare technology. This article discusses various relational leadership styles that can be used to promote nurses’ health and well-being and enhance productivity. The author also explores the benefits and challenges of implementing relational leadership in nursing.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2024.e12271

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Conflict of interest

None declared

De Rezende H (2024) How relational leadership can enhance nurses’ well-being and productivity. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2024.e12271

Published online: 02 April 2024

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