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Nursing Leadership Learning in Practice: A Four Stage Learning Process


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Van Dam, PJ ORCID: 0000-0003-3341-6793 and Ford, KM 2019 , 'Nursing Leadership Learning in Practice: A Four Stage Learning Process' , International Archives of Nursing and Health Care, vol. 5, no. 3 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510132.

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Background: There is emerging evidence that most nursing leadership learning occurs in practice and through social interactions. However, how this social process of learning takes place is not clear and there is limited informationabout how to support nursing leadership learning as it occurs in clinical settings. The purpose of this study was toincrease understanding of the nature of leadership learningin nursing practice. It further aimed to discover the ways inwhich this type of learning is important to leadership development, and to determine how and why this is the case.Methods: Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, a total of 19 semi-structured interviews with 15nurse managers were undertaken. Data analysis consistedof coding, constant comparison, memo writing, theoreticalsampling and conceptualisation.Results: It was found that learning occurs by engagingin social interactions, as these interactions are convertedinto learning events. A four-stage process of learning wasidentified: Reflecting, discovering, deciding, and choosing.Moving through this process can give rise to changed behaviours and leadership development.Conclusion: Nurse managers should be supported by providing them with the opportunity to engage in the learningprocess by providing action learning sets, focusing on reflection.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Van Dam, PJ and Ford, KM
Keywords: leadership, learning, nursing, social interactions
Journal or Publication Title: International Archives of Nursing and Health Care
Publisher: ClinMed International Library
ISSN: 2469-5823
DOI / ID Number: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510132
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Copyright 2019 Van Dam PJ, et al.Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 AU)

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