Leadership in Nursing


Nursing as a dynamic profession requires confident leaders. Leadership refers to the multifaceted procedure of targets and goals, which further contribute to motivating people to perform their jobs and supports them in the attainment of the mutually agreed goals (Nursing Times, 2011). The study, therefore, intends to explain the various reasons behind the importance of leadership-in-nursing as well as the skills that are required for a nurse to become a leader.

Importance of Leadership in Nursing

Nursing leadership comprises critical thinking, advocacy, and actions along with the qualities that are required in all the domains and roles within the healthcare settings. Leadership in nursing plays an important role in the nurse’s life as well as creates a potential impact on the overall healthcare system. Healthcare centers require steady vision, energetic leaders across all the roles so that they can be inspiring, credible, and motivating enough to influence others to perform (CNA, 2010). Leaders develop an environment, where they can guide professionals to move towards advancement. Nurse leaders must possess the quality of being adaptive and competitive taking into consideration the various academic, technological, and economic challenges. Nursing leadership in the health industry can further be considered as the vehicle that drives the nursing practices and the health policies. Nurse leaders are also important in all the respective fields such as clinical, executive, political, and academic to ensure that the nurses for the next generation can support them to achieve goals through motivation and inspiration (Scully, 2015). Nursing leadership is important because they understand the fact that the development of nurse leaders starts at the initial phase of acquiring nursing education and continues throughout their career of nursing. A nurse leader’s developmental phase starts from the inputs of academic educator, inputs of clinical educator and lastly the personal mentor. Importance of nursing leadership is that they promote a secure system of care delivery, quality environment with appropriate equipment, thereby promoting social justice by reducing disparities and by providing care to needy and the vulnerable population (CNA, 2010).

Principles for Nursing Leadership

The principles incorporate that the leaders must be committed towards excellence and should evaluate as well as monitor the service which includes the satisfaction of the staff as well as the patients. They also need to maintain quality care along with the standard of life of their patients. The principles further create a favorable culture for ensuring that the staff realize as well as appreciate communicating with the patients and treat them well. Practicing these will hence contribute to providing the customers with their required services, thereby enabling to create more leaders in the near future. Furthermore, their behaviour should align with the organizational values and goals. Guyton (2012) states that difficulties may be faced in different situations but leaders must be focused and patient, which will automatically help them to attain success over time.


Therefore, it can be concluded that leadership in nursing is significant because they are the trainers for the next generation of the nurse leaders. They build and develop the nurses at different levels, which further enhance the quality of care and patient’s safety. It also encourages them to work as a team and collaborate effectively in all disciplines for the welfare of the people.


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