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Exploring the potential of the pre-registration programme for developing student nurses as future clinical leaders within contemporary healthcare

Exploring the potential of the pre-registration programme for developing student nurses as future clinical leaders within contemporary healthcare
Exploring the potential of the pre-registration programme for developing student nurses as future clinical leaders within contemporary healthcare
This thesis describes a project using a qualitative study approach. It explores the utilization of the pre-registration period as preparation for clinical nurse leadership relevant to work in contemporary health care. The empirical focus of this study was to fundamentally address only the perceptions of senior student nurses about to qualify, of their own leadership development during their programme.

Using focus groups with a total of 35 third year pre-registration students about to qualify as nurses provided a rich and detailed description of what inhibited and enhanced the development of their leadership skills. Alongside this, the students' perceptions of qualities and competencies required specifically for contemporary nurse leader roles were identified. No substantive studies exist in the United Kingdom exploring the experiences and perceptions of student nurses regarding nurse leadership during their training.

It is distinctive as it challenges the state of nurse leadership in healthcare and the expected developmental needs for it. Students recognised the need to be prepared for leadership during their pre-registration programme and questioned the use of the standard theoretical approach for its development. They asked instead for skills to deal with difficult conversations, unexpected power struggles, challenging and dealing with inappropriate behaviour and introducing evidence into practice in areas of resistance. The study makes an important contribution to education as the findings can inform leadership development throughout the pre-registration nursing programmes within England. It also raises the question as to whether nursing needs more leaders, or just for nurses to take the professional responsibility for their own practice.
Meakin, Stephanie
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Meakin, Stephanie
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Muijs, Roland
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Schulz, John
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(2013) Exploring the potential of the pre-registration programme for developing student nurses as future clinical leaders within contemporary healthcare. University of Southampton, Southampton Education School, Doctoral Thesis, 225pp.

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Abstract

This thesis describes a project using a qualitative study approach. It explores the utilization of the pre-registration period as preparation for clinical nurse leadership relevant to work in contemporary health care. The empirical focus of this study was to fundamentally address only the perceptions of senior student nurses about to qualify, of their own leadership development during their programme.

Using focus groups with a total of 35 third year pre-registration students about to qualify as nurses provided a rich and detailed description of what inhibited and enhanced the development of their leadership skills. Alongside this, the students' perceptions of qualities and competencies required specifically for contemporary nurse leader roles were identified. No substantive studies exist in the United Kingdom exploring the experiences and perceptions of student nurses regarding nurse leadership during their training.

It is distinctive as it challenges the state of nurse leadership in healthcare and the expected developmental needs for it. Students recognised the need to be prepared for leadership during their pre-registration programme and questioned the use of the standard theoretical approach for its development. They asked instead for skills to deal with difficult conversations, unexpected power struggles, challenging and dealing with inappropriate behaviour and introducing evidence into practice in areas of resistance. The study makes an important contribution to education as the findings can inform leadership development throughout the pre-registration nursing programmes within England. It also raises the question as to whether nursing needs more leaders, or just for nurses to take the professional responsibility for their own practice.

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Published date: November 2013
Organisations: University of Southampton, Southampton Education School

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Local EPrints ID: 366261
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/366261
PURE UUID: a5ac5d5d-141d-47b3-9321-c07c2c00ba9e
ORCID for Roland Muijs: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0131-8921

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Date deposited: 15 Oct 2014 10:55
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:33

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Author: Stephanie Meakin
Thesis advisor: Roland Muijs ORCID iD
Thesis advisor: John Schulz

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