Clinical Leadership in Mental Health Nursing: The Importance of a Calm and Confident Approach

Authors

  • Gary Ennis BSc,

    Research Higher Degree Student, Senior Nurse, Corresponding author
    1. Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
    2. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
    3. North Western Mental Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Brenda Happell RN, RPN, BA(Hons), Dip Ed, BEd, MEd, PhD,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
    2. Engaged Research Chair Mental Health Nursing, Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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  • Kerry Reid-Searl BHlth Sc (UCQ), MClin Ed, (UNSW), PhD, MRCNA, FCN

    Assistant Dean of Simulation
    1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement

    None.

Abstract

Purpose

Explore the perceptions of nurses working in mental health of effective clinical leadership.

Design and Methods

In-depth interviews were conducted with registered nurses employed in a mental health setting. Qualitative research using grounded theory.

Findings

Remaining calm and confident in times of crisis and uncertainty was identified as one attribute of clinical leadership. Participants noted clinical leaders' demeanor during stressful or crisis situations, and their ability to manage unpredictable or unexpected clinical situations as contributing positively to clinical practice.

Practice Implications

Understanding these characteristics and how they can influence positive outcomes for clients is crucial in addressing the recruitment and retention challenges for the nursing workforce.

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