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Change Leadership in NURSING: How change occurs in a complex hospital system

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Title: Change Leadership in NURSING: How change occurs in a complex hospital system.

Edited by: Mairhead Hickey and Phyliss Beck Kritek

Publishers: Springer Publishing Company, 2012

Reviewer: Liz Lees, consultant nurse and senior clinical research fellow

What was it like?

This book struck me as different from mainstream leadership books because it is not full of jargon and lists - it engaged me sufficiently to want to read all of the chapters. It’s a big book approached in three parts, namely; an invitation to readers; creating the conditions for change and from principles to programs and practices. It is written for nurses who want to lead change or who may be in the throws of difficulties with change. Three words sum it up;- positive, inspiring and intense.

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What were the highlights? 

The experiential leadership stories told – they are readable and honest – it could be you and your story – but this book has been brave enough to share stories.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Its strengths are in the variety of content and settings for leadership but perhaps for some this will be its weakness – there is a lot of detail and trying to extract the messages from the content was not easy. It would not appeal to those who like a solution and a list – there are not any.

Who should read this?

Anyone working in the NHS at the moment who perhaps wants to look beyond the cost savings and gargantuan management structures. This book is primarily for clinicians who want to lead change – regardless of “banding” or position. If this is you  - the stories and practical application of changes described will perhaps assist in seeing the same thing a little differently afterwards.

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