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Nurse leaders' views on clinical ladders as a strategy in professional development.
J Nurs Manag. 2007 Nov; 15(8):817-24.JN

Abstract

AIM

To investigate nurse leaders' views on clinical ladders as a strategy in professional development of nursing.

BACKGROUND

Hospitals worldwide have implemented clinical ladders to boost professional development and improve quality of patient care. At ward level good leadership is vital in creating a learning environment and using nurses' new competence.

METHOD

The design was explorative and data were collected in focus groups with 19 nurse leaders at the ward level and 24 executive nurse leaders at hospitals with several years of experience with clinical ladders.

RESULTS

Most nurse leaders did not think strategically in promoting clinical ladders at the organizational level. Nurse leaders who considered clinical ladders a tool in developing nursing quality found motivational work challenging and rewarding. Not all nurse leaders managed to utilize clinical specialists' new competence.

CONCLUSION

Further investigation into nurse leaders' actions as strategic managers of development and use of nurses' competence is warranted. Implications for nursing management It is important that managers see the close connection between professional development of individuals and development of quality and high standard in the ward. A prerequisite is therefore to engage in the strategic planning of competence at all levels of decision in the organization.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Asker and Baerum Hospital, Rud, Norway. solveig.torstad@sabhf.noNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17944607

Citation

Tørstad, Solveig, and Ida Torunn Bjørk. "Nurse Leaders' Views On Clinical Ladders as a Strategy in Professional Development." Journal of Nursing Management, vol. 15, no. 8, 2007, pp. 817-24.
Tørstad S, Bjørk IT. Nurse leaders' views on clinical ladders as a strategy in professional development. J Nurs Manag. 2007;15(8):817-24.
Tørstad, S., & Bjørk, I. T. (2007). Nurse leaders' views on clinical ladders as a strategy in professional development. Journal of Nursing Management, 15(8), 817-24.
Tørstad S, Bjørk IT. Nurse Leaders' Views On Clinical Ladders as a Strategy in Professional Development. J Nurs Manag. 2007;15(8):817-24. PubMed PMID: 17944607.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Nurse leaders' views on clinical ladders as a strategy in professional development. AU - Tørstad,Solveig, AU - Bjørk,Ida Torunn, PY - 2007/10/20/pubmed PY - 2008/1/4/medline PY - 2007/10/20/entrez SP - 817 EP - 24 JF - Journal of nursing management JO - J Nurs Manag VL - 15 IS - 8 N2 - AIM: To investigate nurse leaders' views on clinical ladders as a strategy in professional development of nursing. BACKGROUND: Hospitals worldwide have implemented clinical ladders to boost professional development and improve quality of patient care. At ward level good leadership is vital in creating a learning environment and using nurses' new competence. METHOD: The design was explorative and data were collected in focus groups with 19 nurse leaders at the ward level and 24 executive nurse leaders at hospitals with several years of experience with clinical ladders. RESULTS: Most nurse leaders did not think strategically in promoting clinical ladders at the organizational level. Nurse leaders who considered clinical ladders a tool in developing nursing quality found motivational work challenging and rewarding. Not all nurse leaders managed to utilize clinical specialists' new competence. CONCLUSION: Further investigation into nurse leaders' actions as strategic managers of development and use of nurses' competence is warranted. Implications for nursing management It is important that managers see the close connection between professional development of individuals and development of quality and high standard in the ward. A prerequisite is therefore to engage in the strategic planning of competence at all levels of decision in the organization. SN - 0966-0429 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17944607/Nurse_leaders'_views_on_clinical_ladders_as_a_strategy_in_professional_development_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2934.2007.00769.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -