To explore and understand the leadership experiences of modern matrons, within an acute NHS Trust
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
© 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Global nursing leadership Issue editors: Pamela Thompson and Kristiina Hyrkas
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 70–79, January 2014
How to Cite
LAWRENCE, N. and RICHARDSON, J. (2014), To explore and understand the leadership experiences of modern matrons, within an acute NHS Trust. Journal of Nursing Management, 22: 70–79. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01432.x
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Accepted for publication: 3 April 2012
- leadership style;
- transformational leadership
Aim The aim of this study was to explore and understand the leadership experiences of modern matrons.
Background Modern matrons were re-introduced to the National Health Service in 2002, and effective leadership has been identified as being essential for the role to be successful. However, there is minimal evidence of how modern matrons experience effective leadership.
Methods The study used a descriptive generic qualitative methodology; one-to-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine matrons. This was subjected to an inductive thematic analysis.
Results Three themes were found to influence modern matron’s leadership experiences: leadership behaviours, negative influences and leadership investment. They did not follow one leadership style but adapted this to their situation. Various factors appeared to restrict their leadership effectiveness.
Conclusions The findings suggest that exposure to a range of leadership styles should be included in preparation and CPD for the modern matron role and a more consistent job description and job purpose should be developed.
Implications for nursing management Leadership styles such as transformational leadership alone do not meet the complex demands of nursing leaders, and therefore there is a requirement for greater flexibility in leadership development for all health care professionals.