The Irish healthcare system and healthcare professionals are confronted continually by workforce challenges, crucial decisions that have life or death consequences, changing patient expectations and demands, financial constraints, time pressures, issues related to quality and safety, politics and scrutiny.
The importance of effective clinical leadership in addressing these demands and ensuring a high quality safe healthcare system has been proven through research, reiterated by thought leaders and healthcare professionals alike and cited in government reports in many countries.
The HSE encourages staff members to seek coaching because Professional Coaching brings many benefits; fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence.
History books and records are littered with biographies of the heroes of nursing; nurses whose leadership changed their world and ours by extension. From the midwives who attended royalty across Europe in the 14th Century, to the many who were burned at the stake or hanged for witchcraft’, to Mary Todd Lincoln (a F.L.O.T.U.S. in her time), Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton (who founded The Red Cross) and many others who have been lauded not only for their service to the sick and dying, but also their transformational innovative approaches to organizational systems and processes, that continue to underpin nursing care today.
Studies show that many nurses who work today at the coalface do not believe that they are clinical leaders. However, thought leaders beg to differ, saying that it is precisely that contact with patients that makes them true clinical leaders and, in fact, the best placed people to initiate and sustain real changes that have a measurable impact on patient care.
In fact, it has been said that there is an urgency for healthcare organisations to identify clinical leaders and encourage their courage in spearheading innovation, and for the nurses to recognize themselves as such, in order for meaningful changes and improvements in healthcare provision.
Good leadership should be practiced by every person in a healthcare team. It is not just the responsibility of the unit or team manager to be a good leader. Sound leadership qualities and practices benefit everyone; the person, their peers, their direct reports, their managers, the healthcare system and, crucially, patients themselves. Leadership is often (and best) described as a lifelong journey, not a single destination.
To make leadership development accessible to all nurses and midwives, I have developed a Leadership Development Coaching Programme for Nurses and Midwives which has been accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for 10 CEUs.
This programme has been designed so that it is applicable to nurses at all levels. It will build solid leadership skills for those in junior roles, so that they will quickly become the effective clinical leaders our healthcare sector so badly needs. It will fill any gaps for nurses in more senior positions and help them to become effective and indispensable leaders who nurture and develop clinical leaders in their teams.
Below is a flyer you can download, display or share if you wish. If you would like me to contact your manager to discuss making this programme available to you and your colleagues, please feel free to share the brochure for this programme with them, or send me their contact details and I will take it from there.