Fenton K, Phillips N (2013) Developing skills in clinical leadership for ward sisters. Nursing Times; 109; 9, 12-15
5 Key Points
- The ward sister role is vital for consistent, high-quality care
- Lack of clinical leadership is a factor in poor care
- The Francis report has called for a strengthening of the ward sister role
- A critical analysis of healthcare organisations and a whole-systems approach to change is required to modernise this role
- The role needs to be clearly defined and sisters need ongoing development
- “The ward sister is the key nurse in negotiating the care………She is the only person who has direct managerial responsibilities for both the patients and nurses. It is the combination of continuity in a patient area together with direct authority in relation to patients and nurses that makes the role unique and so important to nursing.” Do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer.
- What are the three main components of the ward sisters role?
- The authors of this article describe the ways in which healthcare is becoming increasingly complex. Outline how these challenges and pressures impact on ward sisters?
- How would you define a whole-systems approach to change? How does this approach support ward sisters in their leadership role?
- Explain why ward sisters should be supervisory to practice?
- What do organisations need to do to enable this to happen?