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Maria Flynn

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date: 23 April 2021

There is an ongoing professional debate about the nature of effective nursing leadership. It is important that general adult nurses have an understanding of definitions and key principles of leadership, and the leadership skills and attributes which are relevant to nursing care delivery. Exploring these issues will support nurses in reflecting on their role and responsibilities, examining how, as a leader of care, they can enhance nursing practice and improve the patient experience. This chapter considers the broad principles of leadership which are relevant to general adult nurses and their practice.

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