Using collective leadership to support nurses and enhance patient outcomes
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Evidence and practice    

Using collective leadership to support nurses and enhance patient outcomes

Richard Hatchett Senior editor, RCNi, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of the changing landscape of nurse leadership

  • To increase your knowledge of relational approaches to leadership

  • To recognise the importance of collective leadership in developing an effective healthcare culture

Healthcare services and nursing environments are becoming increasingly highly pressured and stressful areas in which to work. However, effective leadership can have a significant effect on the workplace experience of nurses. This article explores the changing landscape of nurse leadership, from a traditional hierarchal approach focused on a small number of leaders to a leadership style that aims to support staff through a relational approach such as collective leadership. Collective leadership has been shown to lead to improvements in nurses’ workplace experience, the care environment generally, productivity and patient outcomes. Collective leadership values nurses’ leadership skills and seeks to involve them in achieving organisational goals.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12144

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Conflict of interest

The author is an employee of RCNi but has not received an honorarium for writing the article

Hatchett R (2023) Using collective leadership to support nurses and enhance patient outcomes. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12144

Published online: 24 April 2023

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