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Leadership is critical to nursing and is displayed across a wide range of settings including the practice environment, management, education and research. As such, Clinical Leadership: Invation into action is directed towards 'ground level' clinical staff, many of whom are, although they may t see it, clinical leaders in health care organisations. The book offers practical, research-based guidance and examples that will inspire, motivate, support and facilitate clinical leaders (or aspiring clinical leaders) in the application of clinical leadership skills. Written for health professionals who act principally in direct client/patient care, it describes the difference between leadership and management. It sets out a new theory of leadership: congruent leadership, primarily focused on how nurses and other health professionals lead at the bedside. Containing case studies and activities, Clinical Leadership supports nursing students, nurse practitioners and health professionals as they strive to develop clinical leadership skills, and as such clinical excellence. The book aims t only to develop, but also support strong nursing leaders, equipping them with the skills needed to foster future nurses for generations to come.
David Stanley has published, researched and taught on issues related to clinical leadership since 2001. He has also spoken about clinical leadership at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia. David currently works as a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.