Development of a model of situational leadership in residential care for older people

Authors

  • BRIGHIDE M. LYNCH BSc (Hons.1st), Dip. N, RGN,

    1. Area Co-ordinator of Services for Older People, HSE Dublin North East, Primary, Community & Continuing Care Services, Dundalk, County Louth
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  • BRENDAN McCORMACK D.Phil (Oxon.), BSc (Hons.), PGCEA, RNT, RMN, RGN,

    1. Director of the Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster, Jordanstown
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  • TANYA McCANCE DPhil, MSc, BSc (Hons.), RGN

    1. Mona Grey Professor for Nursing Research and Development, University of Ulster and Co-Director-Nursing R&D, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, UK
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Brighide M. Lynch
31, Glen Court
Dublin Road
Newry, Co. Down BT358HH
UK
E-mail:brighide.lynch06@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

lynch b.m.,McCormack b. &McCance t. (2011) Journal of Nursing Management19, 1058–1069
Development of a model of situational leadership in residential care for older people

Aim  The aim of the present study was to present the process used to develop a composite model of situational leadership enacted within a person-centred nursing framework in residential care.

Background  Transforming the culture of the residential unit from a restrictive institution to a vibrant community of older adults requires transformational leadership. Situational leadership is one form of transformational leadership, which claims that there is not one leadership style that works in all situations.

Method  A model of situational leadership in residential care was developed through a series of systematic steps that identified direct linkages between situational leadership and the main constructs of the Person-Centred Nursing Framework. The process included reviewing the evidence, undertaking a comparative analysis, identifying key concepts, connecting the concepts and developing a model.

Conclusion  A conceptual model is presented which integrates person-centredness with leadership thinking in order to effectively impact on the follower’s performance in managing the care environment and delivering person-centred care.

Implications for Nursing Management  Currently the model is being utilized in an action research study to evaluate the role of leaders in the practice setting of long-term care. While some of the connecting concepts have been identified in the present study, more work needs to be done to unravel these connections in further study of leaders in practice.

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