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How important is it for newly qualified nurses to feel confident in leadership?

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Bayliss-Pratt L et al (2013) Confidence in leadership among the newly qualified. Nursing Times; 109: 42, 15-16.


“The Francis report highlighted the importance of strong leadership from health professionals but it is unclear how prepared those who are newly qualified feel to take on a leadership role. We aimed to assess the confidence of newly qualified health professionals working in the West Midlands in the different competencies of the NHS Leadership Framework. Most respondents felt confident in their abilities to demonstrate personal qualities and work with others, but less so at managing or improving services or setting direction.”

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  • Anonymous

    Leadership skills develop and grow with experience and knowledge....its hard to be a leader in an area you know nothing about, such as managing/improving services and setting directions....
    I do know that when I was newly qualified, I barely had enough confidence to put my uniform on straight let alone be thinking about managing services!

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