Nursing Leadership An Annotated Bibliography

NURSING LEADERSHIP ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY 1

Beckett, P., Field, J., Molloy, L., Yu, N., Holmes, D. and Pile, E.(2013). Practice what you preach: Developing person-centered culturein inpatient mental health setting through strengths-based,transformational leadership. Issues in Mental Health Nursing,(34), 595-601.

The article is prepared by five authors, all with experience fromuniversities and hospitals in Australia. The authors build theirtheme around the negative perception of nurses’ experiences ininpatient health wards. As such, their research highlights theimportance of leadership in promoting positive clinical practice.Before researching the topic, the authors described a year ofpractice with nursing stuff from a metropolitan inpatient mentalhealth unit of the Australian capital. Using the preliminaryfindings, they applied the principles of transformational leadershipand practice development to study the topic. With an objective ofimproving the quality of individualized and person-centered care ofthe patients, the researchers pointed out there is need to makechanges to the leadership structures and to help nurses to motivatethemselves while working in mental healthcare facilities. Theimportance of the articles is centered on the fact that it provideslong term and short-term recommendations, which apply well to thestudy of nursing and leadership.

Clearly, M., Horsfall, J., Deacon, M. &amp Jackson, D. (2011).Leadership and mental health nursing. Issues in Mental HealthNursing, (32), 632-639.

Theauthors of this paper have a background in nursing and midwifery,besides having doctoral degrees in the field as well. In this paper,they argue that despite nursing leadership having been recognized asan important aspect of mental health, the crucial aspect ofleadership has not been adequately addressed. The authors usepeer-reviewed articles to review the background of leadershipinfluence in mental nursing. In their methodology, they applyempirical evidence to support transformational mental healthleadership, which they adequately use to prove their thesis. Whileevaluating the theme, one of the major assertions is thatpractitioners have to reconsider re-conceptualization of leadershipin nursing. The intended audience for this particular paper is themanagement of health care facilities, who may be faced withleadership and management problems within their organization. Thepaper supports a nursing leadership research by presenting relevantand applicable ideas to discuss the need to improve leadership modelsin mental health nursing.

Clearly, M., Horsfall, J., O’Hara-Aarons, M. and Hunt, G.E. (2012).Leadership, support and acknowledgement of registered nurses work inacute mental health units. International Journal of Mental HealthNursing, (21), 445-452.

In this feature article, Clearly, Horsfall, O’Hara Aarons and Hunt,all who have worked in various units and departments in clinicalmental health nursing, argue out the role of culture and peers in themanagement of nursing practices, which they identify to bear positiveimplication on nursing outcomes. While addressing the topic, theauthors use four questions to establish the role of leadership,culture, support and acknowledgment. One of their findings is thatculture underpins the conduct of the nurses, as well as themanagerial support that they receive. In their discussion, theauthors assert that the objective of the study, which was tounderstand the mental health of nurses that work in acute mentalhealth facilities was fully investigated. This makes the paper avaluable resource to nursing leadership research, as it providespractical evidence from an actual field study. Moreover, the authorsused highly valuable articles and books to develop and support theirthesis, which crowns the relevance of the nursing leadership.

Ennis, G., Happell, B., Broadbent, M., &amp Reid-Searl, K. (2013).The importance of communication for clinical leaders in mental healthnursing: The perspective of nurses working in mental health. Issuesin Mental Health Nursing, (34), 814-819.

Gary Ennis, Brenda Happell, Marc Broadbent and Key Reid-Searl providea discourse on leadership in this journal article. Ennis has acertificate in education for practical development of nursingpractise, while Happell has a diploma, bachelor degree, masters anddoctoral degree in nursing. Brioadbent also has a Ph.D. degree, justlike Reid-Searl. This has given them experience in nursingleadership. The paper addresses the importance of communication as anattribute for clinical leadership in nursing. The authors used agrounded theory approach to collect data from clinical participantsand analyze it to investigate the theoretical underpinnings ofcommunication in nursing. The findings approve the thesis thateffective communication is an important characteristic of clinicalleaders in mental health nursing. The paper is important to nursingleadership research as it provides evidence for developing a deeperunderstanding of leadership in mental health, despite using empiricalevidence to investigate and consequently approve theory in nursingleadership.

Hol, A.L. and Severinsson, E. (2010). The role of the mental healthnursing leadership. Journal of Nursing Management, (18), 463-471.

Unlike the rest of the authors, Holm and Severinsson approach thetopic matter in a more direct way, without focusing on the variablesand elements that influence the outcome. The former is from theUniversity College of Haugesund, and the latter from the VestfoldUniversity College. Both have experience in nursing research andcorrespondence. The aim of the study is to address the ways that MHNleaders need to develop themselves so as to serve as better leadersin mental health nursing. While conducting the research, the authorsrelied on preliminary information from literature review coveringarticles from 1998-2008. The results from the review presented threethemes, which are the clarification of the roles of the nurses, usingevidence-based practice and using communication skills in theimprovement of leadership in mental health nursing. To the researchof nursing leadership, the implication of the study guide in makingrecommendations for enhancement of patient care, reliance on teamsand the role of personality in practice.

Summary

The above five articles present information that addresses thesubject of nursing leadership in mental health from differentperspectives. While choosing the articles to do the research, threemajor things were considered. These were the background of theauthors, which influences the reliability of the works, the topicthat was addressed, which influence the validity of the informationobtained, and finally, the methodology that was used, whichinfluences the quality of research that is detailed. The articlescontain comprehensive and constructive information regardingleadership in mental health nursing. In fact, the articles encompassresearch that proffers insight to the readers on the best practicesand management strategies on leadership. The advancement of patientcare through leadership is a foremost facet in the articles thus,the articles provide comprehensive details on the topic ofleadership.

From the annotated bibliography, it was established that leadershipis a key aspect of mental health nursing. This is because itdetermines the level to which the practitioners offer their services,and how the same can influence the outcome of their services. Some ofthe main elements of nursing that that are addressed in these papersare communication skills, culture, management and personality. Theseare all key areas, which determine the level of service that isoffered by the mental health nursing. The articles discuss thesesignificant elements of nursing in detail and offer rationale throughwhich their implementation may help nursing facilities overcomechallenges as well as provide premium health care. In this regards,the articles’ utilization in studies or research would help readersor policymakers to identify the best practices in leadership.

References

Beckett, P., Field, J., Molloy, L., Yu, N., Holmes, D. and Pile, E.(2013). Practice what you preach: Developing person-centered culturein inpatient mental health setting through strengths-based,transformational leadership. Issues in Mental Health Nursing,(34), 595-601.

Clearly, M., Horsfall, J., Deacon, M. &amp Jackson, D. (2011).Leadership and mental health nursing. Issues in Mental HealthNursing, (32), 632-639.

Clearly, M., Horsfall, J., O’Hara-Aarons, M. and Hunt, G.E. (2012).Leadership, support and acknowledgement of registered nurses work inacute mental health units. International Journal of Mental HealthNursing, (21), 445-452.

Ennis, G., Happell, B., Broadbent, M., &amp Reid-Searl, K. (2013).The importance of communication for clinical leaders in mental healthnursing: The perspective of nurses working in mental health. Issuesin Mental Health Nursing, (34), 814-819.

Hol, A.L. and Severinsson, E. (2010). The role of the mental healthnursing leadership. Journal of Nursing Management, (18), 463-471.