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Nurses as Leaders

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’This book is suitable for clinical and non-clinical readers.’

Title: Nurses as Leaders

Author: William Rosa

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

Reviewer: Kerry Bloodworth, retired assistant director of nursing, currently working as a Staff Nurse in NNU, Nottingham University Hospital

What was it like?

This is an American book so therefore some of the healthcare systems are different to our own cherished NHS. It was also a bit like the film “Groundhog Day” as each of the authors recanted their own leadership experiences, many of them crossing many decades. What was interesting reading the motives behind these leaders as to why they entered nursing, and often the family support required at the beginning of many careers. Each of the 31 separate stories had a theme but some of the chapters were repetitive, what made the chapters different were the personal stories and examples of how careers had flourished over the years.

Did I enjoy reading this book? I’m afraid to say I didn’t, its nearly 400 pages long and I feel the skills and attributes of nurse leaders became lost in the personal stories and examples.

What were the highlights?

The book collated leadership experiences from nurses who were at the end of their careers. The examples of each chapter focusing on a leadership trait were well researched and well referenced supporting the theme of each chapter.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The strength of the book is the personal stories, the sharing of career successes and also the many challenges people face within a nursing career. You can pick and choose which chapters to read, as they are separate. The chapters appeared to use a common template, which is why I felt the chapters were very repetitive.

The weakness of this book is that it’s American and some of the content is not easily transferable. The book would be of interest to anyone undertaking father study in development of leadership skills or is interested in how nurses have used their leadership skills to develop or further enhance the professionalism of nursing.

Who should read it?

This book is suitable for clinical and non-clinical readers. The clinical readers could be in any sphere of nursing and at any point of their career. This is a book you would get out of the library rather than purchase yourself.

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