‘I'm actually being the grown-up now’: leadership, maturity and professional identity development
Article first published online: 28 FEB 2013
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Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Global nursing leadership Issue editors: Pamela Thompson and Kristiina Hyrkas
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 38–48, January 2014
How to Cite
2014) Journal of Nursing Management 22, 38–48. ‘I'm actually being the grown-up now’: leadership, maturity and professional identity development& (
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 28 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 SEP 2012
- professional identity
This study reports on an evaluation of an in-house nursing and midwifery leadership programme within a New Zealand District Health Board aimed at improving leadership capacity within clinical environments.
The programme associated with this study is based on Practice Development concepts which aim to improve patient care and service delivery as well as empower practitioners to foster and support a transformational culture.
Mixed methods were used.
Evidence indicated participants' self-confidence improved leading to a ‘growing up’. This was demonstrated in a number of ways: taking more responsibility for individual clinical practice, undertaking quality and safety roles as well as postgraduate study. These findings can be constructed in terms of linking leadership training with the development of professional identity.
This study provides evidence that in-house leadership programmes can provide front-line nurses and midwives with opportunities to enhance their professional identity and expand their skills in a variety of ways.
Implications for nursing management
Organisational investment in in-house programmes aimed at leadership skills have the potential to enhance patient care as well as improve the work environment for nurses and midwives. However, in-house programmes should be considered as augmenting rather than replacing tertiary education institutions' leadership courses and qualifications.