Leadership and management in mental health nursing

Authors

  • NINA ELISABETH BLEGEN RPN, RNT, MNSc,

    1. Doctoral Student, Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Vestfold University College, Tønsberg, and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, Stavanger
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  • ELISABETH SEVERINSSON RPN, RNT, MCSc, DrPH

    1. Professor and Director, Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Vestfold University College, Tønsberg and Professor, Research Department, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
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Nina Elisabeth Blegen
Krabbegata 67
N-3295 Helgeroa
Norway
E-mail: nina.blegen@hive.no

Abstract

blegen n.e. & severinsson e. (2011) Journal of Nursing Management19, 487–497
Leadership and management in mental health nursing

Background  Mental health nurses are agents of change, and their leadership, management role and characteristics exist at many levels in health care. Previous research presents a picture of mental health nurses as subordinate and passive recipients of the leader’s influence and regard leadership and management as distinct from the nurses’ practical work.

Aim  The aim was to provide a synthesis of the studies conducted and to discuss the relationship between nursing leadership and nursing management in the context of mental health nursing.

Method  A literature search was conducted using EBSCO-host, Academic Search Premier, Science Direct, CINAHL and PubMed for the period January 1995–July 2010.

Results  Leadership and management in the context of mental health nursing are human activities that imply entering into mutual relationships.

Conclusion  Mental health nurses’ leadership, management and transformational leadership are positively related in terms of effectiveness and nurses’ skills.

Implication for nursing management  It is important to consider mental health nurses’ management as a form of leadership similar to or as a natural consequence of transformational leadership (TL) and that ethical concerns must be constantly prioritized throughout every level of the organization.

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