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BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE Nurses are increasingly engaging in action research projects to improve aspects of nursing practice, education and management and contribute to the development of the profession. Action research involves opportunistic planned interventions in real time situations and a study of those interventions as they occur, which in turn(More)
AIMS To describe Irish nurses' views of clinical leadership and to describe their clinical leadership development needs. BACKGROUND Nurses are often unclear about the precise nature of clinical leadership and its impact on the processes and outcomes of care and little is known about their self-perceived clinical leadership development needs. DESIGN(More)
AIM Key factors of successful interorganizational partnerships are applied to the context of nursing and midwifery education. BACKGROUND Reports in nursing education emphasize the need for more collaborative partnerships between the education and healthcare sectors of nursing and midwifery education. EVALUATION There is little research examining the(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To describe self-reported barriers to clinical leadership development among nurses and midwives in Ireland. BACKGROUND Effective clinical leadership is essential for optimising care and improving patient outcomes. Clinical leadership development is concerned with intrapersonal and interpersonal capabilities and is context bound.(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a descriptive study of nurses' and midwives' clinical leadership development needs. BACKGROUND Nurses and midwives are expected to fulfil a leadership role at all levels, yet efforts to strategically support them are often unfocused. An analysis of clinical leadership development needs can provide the foundation for(More)
AIM This paper reports on the qualitative findings from a national review of a nursing and midwifery scope of practice framework. BACKGROUND Scope of professional practice frameworks offers a system of rules and principles to regulate its members and demonstrate its responsibility to society. Key issues in reviewing the scope of practice include notions(More)
A national clinical leadership development programme was instituted for Irish nurses and midwives in 2010. Incorporating a development framework and leadership pathway and a range of bespoke interventions for leadership development, including workshops, action-learning sets, mentoring and coaching, the programme was introduced at seven pilot sites in the(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To evaluate mentoring, coaching and action learning interventions used to develop nurses' and midwives' clinical leadership competencies and to describe the programme participants' experiences of the interventions. BACKGROUND Mentoring, coaching and action learning are effective interventions in clinical leadership development and were(More)
INTRODUCTION This paper describes a framework to facilitate collaboration between hospitals and third level universities and colleges in Ireland. The move to higher education for nurses and midwives in Europe heralded the development of partnership between organisations that provide nursing education. There is an increased risk of exacerbation of the(More)
AIMS To review, discuss and compare nursing and midwifery regulatory and professional bodies' scope of practice and associated decision-making frameworks. BACKGROUND Scope of practice in professional nursing and midwifery is an evolving process which needs to be responsive to clinical, service, societal, demographic and fiscal changes. Codes and(More)